SEATTLE, Washington — There are many celebrities around the world that use their influence and status for good. That can include funding college educations in their hometowns, donating books, clothes or money to countries in need. Furthermore, celebrities are also working to reduce global poverty either with large organizations like the U.N. or UNICEF or through their own efforts. Here are five celebrities trying to reduce global poverty:
5 Celebrities Trying to Reduce Global Poverty
- Brad Pitt: Brad Pitt has been a longstanding champion of global poverty reduction. Not only has he worked to improve poverty domestically but he carries these same goals to the international sphere. Pitt has traveled to Africa and Pakistan to understand and see the struggles that many of these citizens face on a daily basis. As a result, he has donated millions of dollars to better the lives of the people he saw. He has also helped organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Not On Our Watch. Furthermore, Pitt and ex-wife Angelina Jolie also founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. This foudation is “dedicated to eradicating extreme rural poverty” along with many other humanitarian and environmental goals.
- Millie Bobby Brown: Millie Bobby Brown is an actress known for her roles in Stranger Things and Enola Holmes. At 14 years old, she was the youngest Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Currently, she is advocating for children and the many struggles that children in poor countries face. For example, she is focusing on “lack of education, safe places to learn and the impact of violence and poverty.” Brown is using her immense platform to draw attention to these issues, encourage global poverty reduction and work toward effectuating change. She even helped launch UNICEF’s #Endviolence youth poll in 2017.
- John Legend: John Legend created the Show Me Campaign, which strives to provide quality education for children struck with poverty. Additionally, the Show Me Campaign has paired with the Millennium Promise Alliance; its goals are to help end extreme global poverty. This partnership aimed to reduce global poverty in Africa by providing mosquito nets, free meals to increase attendance and health, safe water points, healthcare clinics, fertilizer for crops and more. Also, along with many celebrities trying to reduce global poverty, Legend participated in the Global Citizens concert in Johannesburg in 2018. The concert helped raise awareness and money toward ending extreme poverty.
- Orlando Bloom: Similar to Millie Bobby Brown, Orlando Bloom is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He started his work with UNICEF in 2007. Thus far, he has traveled to some of the poorest regions of Nepal. He spent time in Nepal in order to understand the struggles that many citizens are facing. He then spoke out about how we can help these people. Since 2007, Bloom has visited many other countries such as Liberia, Jordan and South Africa to advocate for and help these vulnerable populations. In 2015, Bloom was working towards helping refugee children “seek safety in Europe.” In August 2020, Bloom and his wife Katy Perry raised money for UNICEF by using social media to publicize information along with pictures of their newborn daughter.
- Shakira: Shakira directs her advocacy work towards “early childhood development,” particularly how lack of education and extreme poverty can significantly impact growth for young children. Shakira focuses these efforts on parts of Latin America, especially Columbia, and also other poor countries worldwide. She helped create the Pies Descalzos Foundation to execute her goals and improve the health and well-being of these struggling children. Furthermore, she also pushes world leaders to prioritize the health of these young children. President Obama even appointed her to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
These well-known celebrities trying to reduce global poverty. They are just a few examples of individuals capitalizing on their fame to try and reduce global poverty. It is important for influencers to use their large platforms to advocate for those citizens around the world who do not have a voice and/or cannot overcome their circumstances.
– Sophia McWilliams