After traveling to Kenya as a volunteer in 2006, Rooney Mara made a humanitarian decision to help the children she worked with by founding a charity in 2007, Faces of Kibera. She returned several times; while there, Faces of Kibera and the Uweza Aid Foundation collaborated on many projects together. In 2011, the two organizations decided to pool resources and merge to work more efficiently and effectively. Mara serves as President of the Board of Directors.
Uweza is a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the State of Illinois and is a registered NGO in Kenya. Current projects include a soccer academy, journalism and art clubs, traditional dancing group, educational sponsorship, and life skills training. (Excerpts & photos taken from the Uweza website).
Consider sponsoring a child or making a donation to Uweza. Think about what humanitarian effort you can put forth in your own neighborhood, state or abroad. Whatever you choose to do, no matter how small, your kindness will make a difference!
Rooney Mara was nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mara is starring in a new movie, Side Effects, playing in theaters now. Although a very popular hollywood actress, Mara quietly, and somewhat shyly, goes about her life.
Please support entertainers that use their voice and wealth for the betterment of society. Let’s remember to be kind to celebrities, they bring fun and happiness to our lives!