A mighty heart: Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian work
Angelina Jolie has become an actress of formidable acclaim. She has steadily climbed the rungs of performance and stardom, and has reached a pinnacle where she is looked upon as not just a brilliant, edgy actor, but she is also considered to be one of the most glamorous most beautiful women amongst celebrities. She has the handsome Brad Pitt as a live-in partner, and she has six children. Like an inevitable calling, she ventured into humanitarian work, and has never looked back since then.
When she was shooting for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, in 2001, she had gone to Cambodia for some of the scenes. The widespread poverty and strife in Cambodia shocked and appalled her. When she came back, she got in touch with the UNHCR or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She started educating herself about refugee areas all over the world with help from the UNHCR. She started visiting various refugee camps all over the world. She started speaking with the refugees at various places in order to understand their plight and their conditions better.
While on these trips Angelina Jolie refused to be treated like a celebrity. She paid for all the travelling and lodging costs, and she did not have very high demands out of the conditions over there. She started trying to understand and learn about exactly what happened in these refugee camps all over the world. It is because of her sincere efforts, that the title of a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador was conferred upon her by the body in 2001. She continued her work, however, delving deeper into these issues, and trying to figure out a solution to them. With her celebrity status, she started trying to draw attention towards issues which had largely been ignored, because of the lack of media attention which they received.
When she started seeing Brad Pitt, the couple travelled to many places together, in order to lend support and in order to draw public attention towards these issues. In 2012, she was made the Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres. Her work largely concentrated on areas such as Somalia as well as Afghanistan. Many people, while diligent, would stop at lending support to causes, but this is where Jolie’s gutsy, rather bold approach to everything made her different from many other celebrities. She started getting involved with politics in order to push her humanitarian causes forward. She started lobbying rather actively for some very essential changes to be made, and she went to the U.S capital and met with many congressmen in order to see the process through till the end.
She also opened up the Maddox-Jolie Foundation (now called Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation) in 2003. The aim of this organization is to develop rural economy, while looking into natural conservation of wildlife and plant life in Cambodia. She also opened up the Maddox Chivan Children's Centre as a day-care and support service for the children who were born with HIV. Angelina Jolie received many awards for her achievements in the field of humanitarian work. Her accolades include the 2003 Citizen of the World Award which was given to her by the United Nations Correspondents Association. She was also given the Freedom Award by the International Rescue Committee. Jolie as she is, today, stands as a beautiful, ambitious woman with a generous heart, and with lofty ambitions, and with an insatiable need to make the world a better place to live in.