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Mar 24, 2009

Celebrities in Africa: Philantrophy in Africa Series

The Philanthropy in Africa series continues today by highlighting some of your favorite celebrities that are using their platform to raise funds and to highlight awareness of issues in Africa.

Actor Isaiah Washington’s foundation benefits Sierra Leone, Grammy award singer Alicia Keysis bringing awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in partnership with the organization Keep A Child Alive, NBA player Dikembe Mutumbo has opened a hospital in his native Congo, and Ethopian born supermodel Liya Kebede is a champion for maternal and child health through her foundation, the Liya Kebede Foundation. Although these celebrities are busy with their schedules, they have taken the time to visit countries in Africa, to become more educated on the issues they are championing.

Grammy award winning R&B singer John Legend founded the Show Me Campaign in 2007 after visiting villages in Ghana and Tanzania. The campaign works with Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Millennium Promise, and the people of Mbola, Tanzania to implement practical solutions to poverty including clean water, improved health care and education, higher-yielding agriculture, and internet connectivity. Legend has recorded a song that can be heard on the foundation’s website, as a call to action to join his movement to end global poverty.