As untold numbers of children orphaned by the devastating Haiti earthquake suffer, Angelina Jolie has pledged her continued support for SOS Children's Villages. The worldwide organization provides long-term care and prevention services for orphaned or abandoned children through villages and other programs and initiatives. The group's CEO Heather Paul says that Jolie "has seen our work over the years firsthand -- from Darfur refugee camps to rural areas of Africa and the Middle East...SOS is there before the tragedy, during the tragedy, and long after the cameras have gone home. So is Angelina Jolie."
In a statement, the actress, mother and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador says that before the Caribbean nation's cataclysm, SOS Villages had been raising more than 300 orphaned or abandoned children and cared for 4000-plus poverty-stricken kids and families in Haiti. "That was before the earthquake," Jolie stresses. "Now the needs for orphaned children are almost incalculable." The organization has been working nonstop in Haiti to find shelter, food, medicine, trauma counseling and more for children and families.
"As a long time supporter of SOS, I have visited many of these unique villages personally. I can vouch for their commitment and care for the children," Jolie says. "As the Haiti situation unfolds, and we all focus in on ways to help these desperate children -- I ask you to please learn more about and consider supporting SOS Children's Villages."
For more information and to consider a donation, visit the website for SOS Children's Villages.