Camille Belle Has Malawi on Her Mind
By Camille Belle
I’ve always been passionate about being involved with charity work throughout my life. Growing up, I would visit children’s hospitals, feed the homeless and work with various organizations. As I began traveling to more diverse countries, I would find myself becoming involved with the local communities and wanting to make a difference in any way possible. I’ve always wanted to help children because they are the ones growing, forming ideas and deciding on a future. They need to be aware of the vast amount of opportunities this world can offer them.
I visited Africa for the first time in 2006 when I filmed 10,000 BC, spending two months in South Africa and two months in Namibia. Throughout my time there, I was faced with extreme poverty and devastating
conditions, but I was constantly moved by the spirit and inner beauty of the people. I could see hope in the children’s eyes, which encouraged me to be eternally grateful for what I have and to continue helping those who are less fortunate.
When the directors for HELP (Hope, Education, Love and Protection) Malawi approached me, I immediately became intrigued because of my fond memories of Africa. After researching its projects
and future goals, I realized the organization’s “What Love Means” campaign was the perfect thing for me to support and to serve as the spokesperson for. By providing education, hope and love to the children of Malawi, HELP is supplying them with the tools to construct a brighter future, focusing on education and healthcare. Since February of 2009, I have been trying to raise awareness and funding for this organization through the “What Love Means” campaign so they can carry out their vision of helping those in need and giving children a chance to make their dreams and aspirations a reality. In an effort to support the campaign, I have been wearing jewelry from the nonprofit’s Panthera Collection as well as African Chifundo trade-bead bracelets to help garner sales for both. The bracelets are made by the women and children of Malawi, who are paid by the hour for their work. All of the pieces I wear from HELP are available on its website, and 100 percent of the profits directly benefit the children and programs the organization has established.
For me, it’s important to know my efforts can make a difference in a child’s life. Through this campaign, I know that is possible. I am anxious to visit Malawi so I can provide hands-on support and witness HELP Malawi’s efforts firsthand. Visit helpchildren.org
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.