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Photo: Actor Scarlett Johansson spending a day with young girls at an Oxfam-funded school, hi-res version available
Scarlett, who has been a long-time supporter of Oxfam, was moved by the organization's response to saving and rebuilding lives following the 2004 Tsunami. She travelled with the international development organization to better understand the complex issues facing poor communities and how support and funding from the
She began her trip spending a day with young girls at an Oxfam-funded school in rural
"Having visited Oxfam-funded school programs in rural communities has made me realize how vital education is to developing countries in bringing people out of poverty and giving them a sense of dignity, self-worth and confidence," Scarlett Johansson said.
Scarlett, who is currently in
"The devastation both directly and indirectly as a result of the tsunami is overwhelming. A mother who had received aid money to finance her small business and was living with her 25 year-old-son had lost both her husband and younger son as well as their home and tailoring shop, the only source of income. After two years, they are still waiting to be housed, after a long struggle with a landlord from whom they have rented the house for the past fifty years. Afterwards, I went to visit a rural fishing community which Oxfam had fully irrigated, allowing people to live safely in a government development. After hearing such a devastating case that morning, seeing this village thrive gave me a sense of hope and progress. It was an incredible opportunity to see the grass roots approach being taken by non-governmental organizations, such as Oxfam, towards reconstructing the lives of this devastated country."
Oxfam's Executive Director, Jeremy Hobbs, said that Scarlett's involvement was very important in helping gain attention to the solutions to poverty.
"By supporting Oxfam, Scarlett is taking a stand alongside millions of people globally who are working to overcome poverty," said Oxfam's