Drew Barrymore graces the September 2011 cover of Conde Nast Traveler magazine for its first ever Visionaries issue.
This isn’t just any regular interview. Inside the mag, she chronicles her trip to Kenya where she supplied food, water and gave a primary school through the World Food Programme.
Below are some tidbits from the interview:
On the awkward feeling about meeting the villagers for the first time: “I didn’t want to be on a soapbox, this Westerner living in a bubble, so on the first trip I was a little nervous. I asked questions and listened a lot…”
On reaching out after reading about Kenyan children who walked miles to get to school: “I was really moved. I never went to school myself. I was doing a job and didn’t have a kids life. I wanted to learn more about why these kids were so passionate, walking so far and overfilling their classrooms.”
On learning about what the Kenyan children and their hopes and inspirations: “It’s amazing to me that the kids mention professions which involve helping others, that they are naturally philanthropic. People can feel unconfident about sending money into the void of a charity. But when you find something like this that speaks to your heart, it gives you the courage to look beyond your own problems and take the first small steps to try as an individual to make an impact.
The World Food Programme is a great organization. There are many celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Jim Carey who are involved.
Just recently, Christina who is a WFP goodwill ambassador against hunger made a plea for the Horn of Africa. The combination of drought, high food prices and conflict are contributing to this disaster “keeping millions on the razor thin edge between hunger and starvation.”
For more on how you can get involved log on to WFP.org . It doesn’t take much and what you donate will go a long way for those in need.