Rooney Mara might be one of the hottest leading ladies in Hollywood at the moment, but she is also quite the humanitarian activist. Mara, who plays Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, oversees a charity called “Faces of Kibera.”
“Faces of Kibera” has merged with Uweza to create the Uweza Aid Foundation which focuses on projects in Kibera, a slum neighborhood in the city of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Mara has used her fame as a football princess, both her great-grandfathers founded pro-football teams, to help raise funds for the organization in an effort to build an orphanage in the town.
Uweza Aid Foundation offers many programs to the children of Kibera. The foundation has created a football club, a sponsorship program, a community center, and offers counseling for children in need. The Youth Counseling Initiative was started in 2008 for children dealing with issues like the sudden loss of parents, substance abuse, sexual abuse, HIV infection, post-traumatic stress, and other issues like hunger, poor school performance, and association disorder.
The foundation also created a program for adolescents at the community center that focuses on counseling and life skills. “Generation Teen Club” is a group where young teens can learn about such issues as sexuality, self-esteem, peer pressure, and puberty.
Mara’s support of this organization is clear. She is the President of the foundation and on the board of directors. Her close work with the “Faces of Kibera” and Uweza led the two groups to merge to work more efficiently together. Her family helps support the organization by auctioning off memorabilia from the New York Giants and the Pittsburg Steelers, the two teams Mara’s great-grandfathers founded.