Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Angelina Jolie, donates to Afghan schools

She really can’t help it, can she?
For Angelina Jolie, it’s not enough to be a supermom to a gaggle of kids. She’s quickly working her way toward becoming a modern-day Mother Teresa, and today’s installment of her do-gooding is yet another step in that direction.

Just 18 months ago, the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador visited a settlement for refugee returnees, mostly from Pakistan, in Tangi, Afghanistan. The people shared with her their concerns about a lack of educational facilities—and, thus, a lack of education—in the area.
According to the UNHCR website, she forked over the necessary $75,000 to get the ball rolling on an all-girls school, and roll it did.

The building will be inaugurated on Thursday, and classes start next Monday.
The school has eight classrooms, four administrative buildings, a well and eight latrines. It can accommodate up to 800 students in two shifts.
The UNHCR is working with UNICEF to recruit teachers and textbooks. Plans are also under way to provide secondary education, as only two Tangi girls are currently enrolled in high school.


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