While many of you think of her latest film, Young Adult, when you hear the name Charlize Theron, or wonder about her love life, Charlize is obsessing over something way more important and way less trivial – victims of HIV/AIDS in her homeland. A native of Africa’s country of South Africa, it was in 2007 that she founded The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), in affiliation with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). The CTAOP is “committed to reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexual violence among African youth by supporting and collaborating with organizations that provide preventive education.”
The organization cares about the several million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the millions more living with the disease, in the total population, regardless of their ages. The outreach programs are so important to the education of the citizens, they even use mobile health clinics.
(Source: CTAOP/CharlizeAfrica YouTube page)
For more information about the outreach project or to see what you can do in her country, you can go to the CTAOP website at:
You may even be inspired to see what you can do in your own country, in order to help stomp out HIV/AIDS. We hope you are!