Angelina Jolie plans to fund a newly opened girl’s school in Afghanistan with proceeds of a jewelry line that she helped to design, celebrity website E! News reported on Monday.
Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will further fund the girls-only primary school in an area outside Kabul that has a high refugee population, E! News said in an exclusive report.
Jolie plans to expand her charitable budget with profits from the “Style of Jolie” jewelry line that she helped create with jewelry maker to the stars, Robert Procop.
“Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need,” Jolie was quoted as saying by E!
Procop’s website said the “first funds from our collaboration together have been dedicated to the Education Partnership for Children in Conflict, founded by Jolie.”
The particular school educates 200-300 girls and was opened in November, a plaque acknowledging Jolie’s previous contributions is visible in the building.
Jolie, an avid supporter of girl’s education in the country, also funded a female-only school in eastern Afghanistan that opened in 2010, according to the UNCHR.
According to the Style of Jolie website, the newly expanded collection includes versions of the black and gold necklace that the actress wore to the premiere of her 2010 Hollywood movie ‘Salt,’ a pear-shaped citrine and gold necklace, and rose gold and emerald tablet-shaped rings, earrings and bracelets. No price details have been released so far.
The jewelry will go on retail sale for the first time on April 4 through a Kansas City, Missouri, jewelry store named Tivol, the shop has announced according to Reuters.
Procop told E! that it was “an honor to have the opportunity to be part of creating this line with Angie, as we both believe every child has right to an education.”
A noble cause gone awry
Jolie is not the first celebrity to open schools in faraway places. Both Oprah Winfrey and Madonna have funded the building of schools in South Africa and Malawi in the past six years, although both ran into trouble.
Madonna’s project provoked controversy over costs and mismanagement, while a staff member at Winfrey’s school was arrested on charges of assault and abuse of students.