Talk about giving back for your birthday! Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who in 2010 used their birthdays to raise $109,000 for charity: water, a non-profit organization which brings clean water to developing nations, have taken it one step further.
The couple just visited Ethiopia with charity: water and inaugurated a clean well for a village of 400.
Spotted smiling at each other while receiving gifts from grateful villagers, the two witnessed the construction of a brand-new well in the Maego village, Tigray, and even manned the organizations new drilling rig, Yellow Thunder. The celebration for the new water supply was made complete when the Smiths danced and sang along with the community.
“Our trip to Ethiopia with charity: water was an incredibly eye-opening and authentic experience,” said Smith in a statement. “It was extraordinary to meet and spend time with the people of Tigray and to see first-hand how clean water changes everything for these communities.”
The Smiths raised more than $789,000 for charity: water by promising to take the top donors with them to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia, the most populated landlocked country in the world, still has 50 million people who live without clean water. If you’d like to learn more about the Smith’s mission to bring water to Ethiopia, then check out their page at charitywater.org. – Evan Lambert