MainStreet breaks down what that money can accomplish in the third world countries close to Brangelina’s heart.
Cambodia: (Son Maddox’s country of origin)
According to spokespeople from www.cambodiaschools.com, the cost to build a five room rural school in Cambodia is estimated at $60,000. However, a $13,000 donation is matched by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, doubling the potential benefits.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s $14 million baby photo bank account could build 233 rural Cambodian schools.
Ethiopia: (Daughter Zahara’s country of origin)
What began in 2004 as a collaborative effort between two Czech humanitarian organizations to build schools has continued to gain support and attract attention to the lack of sufficient education for children in Ethiopia. According to the Czech foundation’s official website, www.skolavafrice.cz/e, the cost to build an elementary school with a library, lavatory, administrative office, and school laboratory is $225,951.79.
The reported $14 million could cover the cost of almost 62 schools!
Namibia: (Daughter Shiloh’s birthplace)
The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Namibia is over 21% within the adult population, and the United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that nearly half of Namibia’s orphans lost their parents to the disease. As a responsive effort, SOS Children’s Villages supervises Namibian children who are responsible for running their homes and raising younger siblings. For $20 a month, “SOS” will work towards furthering education and providing housing for Namibian children.
The Jolie-Pitt family’s $14 million could ensure “SOS” protection and efforts for 5,833 children more than 10 years!
New Orleans: (Where the couple owns a home)
In late 2006, Pitt and philanthropist Steve Bing began a joint initiative to build 150 sustainable houses in the Lower 9th Ward, an area left in ruins after Hurricane Katrina. So far, 84 of the 150 houses are completed. The organization relies completely on donations to build each of the $150,000 homes.
$9,900,000 is needed to build the remaining 66 homes. No problem!
Vietnam: (Son Pax’s Country of Origin)
Last March, Jolie adopted Pax Thien, now 4-years-old, from the Tam Binh orphanage outside Ho Chi Minh City. Non-profit VietHope works to provide Vietnamese children with opportunities for education and long-term scholarship programs. For $10 a month, or $120 a year, donors can help finance a child’s education, and according to the organization’s official website, 100% of donations go towards the child’s schooling.
$14 million covers education costs for 11,666 children more than 10 years.
Granted, they'll probably spread the money over multiple charities, but it should still make a lot of people happy & I think the possibilities are intriguing.