On top of snagging a Golden Globe and SAG Award for her role in Black Swan, and being favored to win this year’s Oscar award for Best Actress, Natalie Portman has launched a new initiative to raise funds to promote female education in developing nations.
The “Power of a Girl” initiative is part of Free The Children, which aims to empower youth through education. Portman’s project is focusing its efforts on opening an all-girls secondary school in Kenya, and holding a contest to encourage youth in North America and the U.K. to get involved in the fund raising!
From now until May 1st, if you’re between the ages of 13 and 21 you can sign up to raise funds for the Kisaruni school. After which the top 5 fundraisers will be entered as finalists, and asked to submit an entry about why they think it’s important to empower young women through education.
The winner will be announced on June 1, 2011, and will win an amazing prize pack— that is, of course, in addition to the knowledge that you’ve helped secure a positive future for women in Kenya. For starters, the winner gets Portman’s Rodarte dress (pictured) that she wore to the American Film Institute gala premiere of Black Swan, the opportunity to travel to Kenya during the summer of 2011, and more!
“With women comprising 70 per cent of the world’s poor, investing in the education of girls is one of the best ways to end the cycle of poverty,” said Portman. “I’m thrilled to be working with Free The Children and excited to see the ways in which youth throughout North America and the U.K. will be able to help send girls to school in Kenya, bringing them one step closer to achieving their dreams.”
We’re excited to see just how powerful Portman’s sway is, and if you want to participate you can sign up here!