Angelina Jolie is giving her kids a head start on humanitarian work by setting up charities for each of them in the areas they were born in. Jolie, who is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, has decided that each of her adopted children will have a part to play in helping the communities they are originally from.
Jolie has six children, three biological and three adopted. In 2005, she became the proud mom of Zahara Marley, who she adopted from Awasa, a small town in Ethiopia. Recently, Jolie and partner Brad Pitt announced that they would be establishing a medical center to treat AIDS and tuberculosis in the country where Zahara was born. The medical center will be placed in Zahara’s name.
Pitt and Jolie did the same type of charity work for their oldest son Maddox. The Maddox Chivan Children’s Center was founded in February of 2006 in Phnom Pehn, an area in Cambodia. The charity that Maddox represents offers programs and multidisciplinary care to more than 600 children in Cambodia infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Pax Thien, Jolie’s son adopted from Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam, does not have a charity established in his name yet. But it is only a matter of time. Jolie is quite good at starting up charities all over the world.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, which airs on Dec. 19, 2011, the actress spoke of her reasons for opening charities in the areas her children were born in.
She told Cooper, “They have programmes in their countries (for) each of them we’re starting. There’s a TB/Aids clinic being built for Zahara; there’s a clinic already for Mad. So each of them will take that responsibility. They are from their country and they are of their country and they should know that, it’s part of their family, we are their family but so is their country.”
It is unclear when Jolie and Pitt will establish charities for their other three children –Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne. If the stars do create charities for their other three children then expect to see them established in their birth countries of France and Namibia.