Angelina Jolie opens school for girls in Afghanistan
05:00 AM, Apr 02, 2013
You have to give Angelina Jolie her due: She doesn’t just talk the talk.
Her latest humanitarian project is a school for girls she opened in Afghanistan and plans to fund with profits from retail sales of her Style by Jolie jewelry line.
Jolie told E! News that the girls-only primary school has several hundred students already and is in an area just outside of Kabul in a region known for resistance to education for girls. The unnamed village has a high population of refugees thanks to ongoing fighting in the area.
Jolie has built a humanitarian reputation almost as glossy as her movie-star status. She’s a high-profile UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, with a fistful of humanitarian awards and a decade of service. She has just returned from a trip to Congo and Rwanda with the British foreign minister to highlight the horrors inflicted on women and girls by the use of rape as a weapon of war in conflicts around the world.
Plus, her family of six kids includes children she and fiancé Brad Pitt have adopted from Africa and Asia.
E! News reports that she plans to build more schools elsewhere and will help fund them by releasing a newly expanded Style by Jolie collection, with jewelry designer Robert Procop, to retailers starting this week.
All of the profits are to go toward Jolie’s new foundation, The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.
Tivol, a Kansas City jeweler, is the first retailer to sell the collection, available starting Wednesday. A spokesman for Procop said the collection reflects Jolie’s “chic sense of style” and feminine strength.
“Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need,” Jolie told E! News.