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Drew Barrymore Brings Water and Education to Kenya

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Drew Barrymore is much more than an actress; she is a strong supporter of education, even though she never attended school.

In 2009, Barrymore, 36, founded the Drew Barrymore Education Foundation helping to bring clean water and access to education for two communities in Kenya.

Recently she revealed to Conde Nast Traveler magazine about her philanthropic efforts. She carries a strong passion for giving Kenyan children the opportunity to attend school. “I never went to school myself,” she said. “I was doing a job and didn’t live a kid’s life. I wanted to learn more about why [these kids in Kenya] were so passionate, walking so far and overfilling their classrooms.”

She reached out to the United Nations in 2004, which helped her become the Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme.

One accomplishment Barrymore has made is installing a $38,000 borehole providing water for the village, so women don’t have to walk five miles to a river with babies on their backs and possibly coming face-to-face with wild animals. It has also helped increase the number of girls and boys attending the local school. For boys they no longer have to take livestock to the river to drink. This is just the first of many contributions.

Barrymore hopes villagers will view their children’s education as the way out of poverty, instead of the accumulation of livestock.

“I know that life can be so absolutely, incredibly difficult,” she says. “I want to explore and become more socially aware.”

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