The 2012 visionaries: Olivia Wilde
He entered philanthropy at the hands of Bill Gates and made Haiti the cause of his work. Olivia Wilde, actress of the Hollywood sky, founded in the Caribbean country the first free secondary school, the Academy for Peace and Justice, which draws on donations from other great stars such as Russell Crowe or Daniel Craig. This is the story of the Academy of Hope.
Who: Actress and co-founder of the first free Secondary School.
Its cause: at age 28, taking advantage of his status, he entered the world of philanthropy.
His story: “I had just had a conversation with Bill Gates,” says Olivia Wilde. Those days the actress was with the heavy weights of philanthropy, since Bill clinton to George Clooney and Mr. Gates. She asked for advice on how to increase society's attention in Haiti, perhaps through the figure of an ambassador. Gates told me: “No, invest your time in Haiti and dedicate yourself to get to know it well”.
When Wilde returned to Prince Port Last spring, he found tangible evidence of what his responsibility should be: the Academy for Peace and Justice, the first free high school in the country. He created a fund for that academy and the school was built by Haitians in just two months supported by the St. Luke Foundation which has been in the country for 25 years. In October 1,200 students were waiting to enroll, the majority of Cité Soleil, the poorest neighborhood. The classes bear the names of the collaborators: Russell Crowe, Daniel Craig, Barbra Streisand, Sean Parker, Penelope Cruz -of those who contribute $ 70,000 / year, over a period of seven years-. Wilde wants to attract young people. "Philanthropy is no longer just a rich thing."
Your great trip: “I quoted Soleil in 2009. I had never seen so much poverty. But it is important to remember that Haiti is much more. ”
Collaborate: on the web apjnow.org
To know more: the 2012 visionaries
- Ai Weiwei
- Okello Sam
- Susan Sarandon and Somaly Mam
- Richard Branson
- Christy Turlington Burns
- Jochen Zeitz
- Michael Bloomberg
This article was published in number 56 of Condé Nast Traveler.