Say what you want about Angelina Jolie but her efforts as a humanitarian are impressive and inspiring. Her heart is big and luckily so is her reach. She is able to impact the lives of so many people because of her wealth, stardom and love for others. Her humanitarian work first started when she was on the set of her movie “Tomb Raider” in Cambodia. She was exposed to the harsh conditions the people of Cambodia lived and worked in. She has visited countless countries since, helping refugees with donations and her ability to raise awareness about particular issues facing the people of any given area. The greatness of Jolie’s character is in the way she helps. Often we see do-good celebrities donate millions of dollars to all types of non-profit and philanthropic organizations. With donations, there is a sense that “I” am helping “them”. I mean don’t get me wrong, donations are pivotal and the only way we can truly impact the less fortunate but giving money without really getting a hands-on experience of whom your helping and what your money is doing really separates the donator from the donee. Jolie donates but she meets with the people she helps. She sits down with them, tries to understand their pain. She seems to get it, in a way others have not. We are one people and “their” problems are our problems. When they suffer, we suffer, when they prosper, we prosper.
“We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.” -Angelina Jolie