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Nina Dobrev and Joe Jonas Silently Fighting Poverty

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Instead of speaking up for charity, a handful of stars are zipping their lips for it.

Several celebs, including The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, singer Joe Jonas, hoops star Shaquille O’Neal and members of MTV’s The Buried Life are taking a vow of silence to support Free the Children.

On November 30, they will all go silent for 24 hours to raise awareness about child hunger and poverty, and to promote the charity, which supports youth empowerment and fosters sustainable development in countries around the world.

Dobrev announced her intention via Twitter, where she wrote, “Stand with me & Free The Children in silence to support those without a voice.”

The Vow of Silence is an annual campaign that raises both awareness and funds for Free the Children. Thousands around the world participate, as individuals, groups and even schools.

According to the website, “On November 30, 2011, young people will go silent for 24 hours in solidarity with children who are being silenced by poverty and exploitation. For Vow participants, being silent can mean refraining from speaking. It can also mean not using email, Facebook, Twitter or text messaging. It can even mean not using hand gestures, note writing or any communication at all. Participants like you can determine your level of silence based on what you’re comfortable with.”

Feed the Children was founded in 1995, by a student named Craig Kielburger. He was only twelve at the time, and formed the charity for a school project. To participate in the Vow of Silence event, head over to the sign up page.

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