If you didn’t already know, philanthropy runs in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s family.
Oldest daughters Shiloh and Zahara have been bitten by their parents’ humanitarian bug and are sponsoring a Cambodian family in need with 13 children living in a tin shack.
While traveling to South East Asia while Jolie filmed her next project for late-2016 “First They Killed My Father”, Shiloh, 9, and Zahara, 10, were approached by 16-year-old Ledia Shoun while getting ice cream with Pitt. Shiloh and Zahara were taken away by Shoun and her 12 siblings, who lived in the slum district of Mundal Bai in the town of Siem Reap. As Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, one-third of the population lives on $2 a day, and less than half of students complete primary school. The Pitt daughters began donating hundreds of dollars worth of new clothes – quite a large wardrobe in a country where a t-shirt costs less than $1. They also bought the family two new bicycles to ride.
Jolie first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia back in 2001. Since then, Jolie has been on field missions across the world and met with refugees and internally displaced people in more than 20 countries including Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Pakistan, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Egypt, Costa Rica, Syria, Chad, Iraq, and more. In addition, she most recently visited earthquake victims in Haiti to help survivors. The Pitts also started the $20 million Jolie-Pitt Foundation in 2006 to help fund schools and clinics in Kenya, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan.
The Pitts certainly influenced their daughters.
Last year, Jolie told Vogue that she realized Shiloh picked up the do-gooder gene when they visited refugees in Lebanon.
“When she was sitting on the floor with her UN cap writing her notes as she was talking to someone, I was flashing on myself 15 years ago and thinking, I know that moment,” Jolie said.