Around the world, there are so many inspiring and compassionate people who work tirelessly to restore hope to orphans. Our sponsors and donors, for example, are a beautiful example of the spirit of generosity that drives this movement to care for orphans! There are also a lot of well-known individuals in our culture today who are involved in orphan care, some of whom might surprise you! Check out the list of 11 celebs below:
Oprah founded and continues to fund the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which is a girls’ school in South Africa. The Academy serves the most underprivileged South African girls, many of them AIDS orphans and all from households surviving on less than $950 a month.
“It’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.” – Oprah Winfrey
You may already know that Angelina Jolie has adopted three children, but what you may not know is that she also supports the international and domestic missions of SOS Children’s Villages. In addition, she works passionately with Global Action for Children.
“I am here to simply ask you to think about orphaned children not as a burden, but as a great opportunity. Their education is an investment in our future. They have had to work very, very hard to survive, but when they are given a chance, they grow strong — stronger than most.” – Angelina Jolie
“One of Angelina’s highest priorities is protecting children without family.” – Heather Paul, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages
Deborra-Lee is the executive director of Worldwide Orphans Foundation in Australia. Deborra-Lee, along with her husband, are outspoken advocates for adoption and orphan care.
“In my mind, one of the greatest crimes of humanity is to take away the innocence of a child and this is in essence what we are doing if we do not step up and take a look at what is happening to abandoned children all over the world.” – Deborra-Lee Furness
In addition to adopting two children, Madonna has co-founded a non-profit organization called Raising Malawi, which is dedicated to helping with the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s one million orphans.
“For the last few years — now that I have children and now that I have what I consider to be a better perspective on life — I have felt responsible for the children of the world.“ – Madonna
Hillary Scott is helping to build an orphanage in Haiti. The aim of the orphanage is to recreate the family model for children.
“I believe adoption and caring for orphans is a beautiful way to show our Father’s love…it’s not easy, but it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever been a part of!” – Hillary Scott
Andrew has traveled to both Ethiopia and Haiti as an ambassador for Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
“The work is never done. There is an infinite galaxy of children who need advocates. I mean, think of where we would all be without love and support.” – Andrew Garfield
“Andrew Garfield is committed to helping orphans and vulnerable children realize the physical, social, and emotional benefits of sports.” – Worldwide Orphans Foundation
Willie and Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty have three biological children and two children through adoption. Korie is teaming up with an organization called Help One Now to travel to Ethiopia in order to help orphans and other people in need.
“We always wanted to adopt, and when the opportunity opened up, we did it to help change a child’s life. One of the principles of religion is [to care for orphans] – it’s an act of unselfishness and the best thing I feel I’ve ever done.” – Willie Robertson
“God tells us to go the extra mile, to stop and help the hurting on the side of the road, to give food to the stranger that knocks on our door, to take care of widows and orphans, and to be the salt and light in this world. I can’t fix all of the problems in our world, but I can fix some. I can partner with people that are doing good work, who are on the ground seeing the massive needs firsthand.” – Korie Robertson
Amy Poehler serves as an active fundraiser and arts ambassador for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
“Close your eyes, take a minute, and think about your children. Or think about yourself as a child, and think about the things that made you feel warm, or happy, and protected, and think about what made you feel okay, and what makes your children feel okay. Now open your eyes, and realize that there are so many children in the world who have nothing. They have nothing. They have no one who lights up when they walk into a room, and they have no clothes, or safety, or food. They have nothing. So who are we to be in this room, and to be living this life without helping them?” – Amy Poehler
Katherine Heigl has two children who came home through adoption. She is an outspoken advocate for adoption.
“Anyone who doesn’t have experience with adoption wonders, does love for a child come through DNA? I knew it didn’t. My mother had biological children and an adopted child and said it made absolutely no difference. They’re yours. You love them the moment they’re put into your arms.” – Katherine Heigl
Tim Tebow founded the Tim Tebow Foundation which partners with Show Hope to help bring orphans into families through adoption aid grants.
“When I was 15 years old, spending time with orphans in the Philippines changed my life. Spending time with them, loving on them, and caring about them gave me a heart for orphans.” – Tim Tebow
Oscar de la Renta was one of the world’s leading fashion designers. In addition to supporting such institutions like New Yorkers for Children, Oscar also founded the Casa del Niño orphanage in the Dominican Republic, which serves more than 1,200 children. Caring for orphans is near and dear to his heart because he adopted his son, Moises, from a Dominican orphanage after his first wife died of cancer in 1983.