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By: Britt L
Not only is he arguably the most respected black actor of all time, he’s also a budding philanthropist.
Actor, producer and director Denzel Washington has won hearts once again after donating $1 million to a non-profit organization that helps children and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
Founded in 2001 by Bishop Charles E. Blake, the L.A.-based charity, Save Africa’s Children will now be able to expand their research of AIDS and poverty. The program also looks forward to lending a helping hand to feeding programs, schools and day care centers.
On a colorful page featured on Save Africa’s Children’s website, the charity says their official mission is to “provide direct support and care for orphans and vulnerable children affected by AIDS, poverty and war throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Caribbean.”
The website also reveals that the charity partners with churches, individuals, grassroots organizations and government and corporate sectors in order to build a diverse and dynamic movement that could possibly restore the future for many African children.
Denzel’s philanthropy rap sheet includes his work with Project Angel Food, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Washington and his wife of 30 years, Paulleta Washington, also run their own scholarship program titled, Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program In Neuroscience. The scholarship was created to help students who wanted to pursue a career in neuroscience, pay for college.
To learn more about the remarkable charity, click here.