Leonardo DiCaprio works with orphans from SOS Childrens Villages on the set of his upcoming film, "Blood Diamond"
During filming for his new movie, "Blood Diamond", due out December 2006, Leonardo had the chance to meet and work with 24 orphaned children from the SOS Childrens Village in Maputo, Mozambique. The children were asked to be extras in the film and got to spend part of their summer break traveling to the movie set and working with the actors.
Leonardo was extremely touched by his interactions with the children and was thrilled to be a part of such a memorable experience for them.
SOS Childrens Villages opened its first village in Mozambique in 1986, after 16 years of civil war in the country had left many children orphaned and destitute. There are now 3 SOS Childrens Villages in Mozambique, home to hundreds of children orphaned as a result of war, poverty, and disease; problems that have plagued the country for years.
About SOS Childrens Villages
SOS Childrens Villages has been providing homes for orphaned and abandoned children since 1949. Today there are over 450 SOS Villages in 132 countries caring for over 60,000 children and hundreds of thousands more are helped through education, medical, and emergency relief programs. SOS Childrens Villages has been nominated fourteen times for the Nobel Peace Prize and is the 2002 winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Award.
SOS Childrens Villages relies on the generous support of individuals as well as businesses to provide long-term support for the orphans in their care. If you live in the US and want to make a tax-deductible contribution or sponsor a child, visit www.sos-usa.org. If you are outside of the US, visit www.sos-childrensvillages.org.
I thought this was interesting because I've never heard of SOS Villages and it reminded me of what Madonna seems to be trying to do, except this is without the Kabbalah thing.
I just wanna add that people should understand that Leo was at the SOS Village when he was filming the movie "The Blood Diamond", which was a while back, so it's not like he was jumping on the recent band wagon or anything.
Personal note, I'm really shocked how this story has spread so quickly. I've already seen postings on Perez and Just Jared. :)