Archive for the ‘Social Development’ Category

In light of my recent posts, I thought it would be a good idea to focus on an area where celebrity involvement has turned out to be helpful. But first, I’ll start off with a question: have you ever heard of Livestrong?

Of course you have. Now: have you ever heard of Stillerstrong (and not this isn’t about the Pittsburgh “Stillers”)?

My guess is, probably not. But it is something you should be aware of. Its a comical take on the Livestrong foundation created by none other than Ben Stiller — but its no joke. It helps build schools in Haiti as part of the Haitian School Initiative. Recently, Stiller’s charity has partnered with Artists for Peace and Justice to continue their work in Port-Au-Prince.


As you can see, Stillerstrong packs quite a punch when it comes to star power. Not only does Ben Stiller support it, but so does former president and humanitarian Bill Clinton! It built its first school in Cerevrine, Haiti in 2009 and the initiative really took off in 2010 after the earthquake.

This is the kind of charity our celebrities need to be involved with — helping build schools and hospitals for those who don’t have them, have been displaced, or need them to be improved desperately. It isn’t ruining a local economy, but rather building up a future one through the youngest generation. Everyone should show their support to Stillerstrong like they did to Lance in the early 2000’s…its a great cause to get behind!


In this video clip posted November 8, 2010, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband Peter Sarsgaard take action in Alibaug, India.  By opening an SOS Children’s Village, Maggie and Peter are helping children who have no parents or who can’t live with their parents anymore. According to Look to the Stars, SOS Children’s Village is a non-governmental and non-denominational social development organisation that provides family-based care to these children.

Maggie and Peter are global ambassadors for SOS Children’s Village and its parter Esprit (the lifestyle brand).  I’m very proud that this dynamic duo takes their job seriously as global ambassadors. It’s one thing to fight for a cause. It’s another thing to go out to India to support the cause and help in any way you can.
“Protecting children’s rights is a universal responsibility that requires global commitment from us all,” said Gyllenhaal. “It’s a privilege for Peter and I to join hands with Esprit and promote the remarkable work of SOS Children’s Villages, which for the past sixty years has continued to give children worldwide love, security, and the nurturing environment that only a family can provide.”

I couldn’t agree more.