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Amy Poehler Guest Curates ONE to Raise Awareness for Orphaned Girls

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04:  Honoree Amy Poehler (L) and founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation Dr. Jane Aronson attend Variety's 5th Annual Power of Women event presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Variety)

This October, comedian, actress and all-round awesome person Amy Poehler will be curating the content over at ONE Girls and Women. If you’re not familiar with ONE, it’s the international campaign and advocacy organization devoted to ending extreme poverty throughout the world. Founded by Bono back in 2004, its mission is to end extreme poverty by the year 2030.

But as Poehler recently wrote in her first guest post, she’ll be on board this October with another very special cause in mind—one that’s been close to her heart since 2009: the plight of orphaned girls throughout the world.

She writes:

“When ONE Girls and Women invited me to curate their page, I knew right off that I wanted to bring awareness of the good things that are happening around the globe for girls and women. At the same time, I want to remind readers of all those who still need the best of our help, the best of our attention. They are the women and girls whose faces go easily unseen and whose voices go easily unheard.

Orphaned children throughout the world struggle as victims of poverty, prejudice and human chaos from conflict, war, disaster and disease.”

Poehler’s been lending a voice to the cause ever since meeting Dr. Jane Aronson, the founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), which funds programs for orphans in some of the most impoverished nations throughout the world. In addition to Poehler, WWO counts Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield and even Oprah among its many other celeb supporters.

“WWO’s mission is to transform the lives of orphaned children to help them become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world,” continues Poehler. “The programs are based on the notion that when kids play and are creative, their problem solving skills and academic performance improve. WWO uses logic models and data collection and analysis to demonstrate the efficacy of the programs.”

And because levity is Poehler’s strongest suit (to put it mildly), she ends her post on a pretty perfect note:

“Life is a beautiful, complicated and weird journey. Why not use some of your time here reaching out to the people who need it? Your skin will get tighter, your butt will get smaller and you may even feel like a new person. The person you were meant to be.”

We don’t know about you, but we just got teary.

You can read more of Amy’s posts on the ONE Girls and Women’s page right here (with more to come all month long). To learn more about WWO, the amazing work they do and how you can donate, click right here.

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