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America Ferrera: Make a Mali Difference!

America Ferrera: Make a Mali Difference!

America Ferrera takes a journey to Mali, Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world, where she talks with teenage girls and meets with community groups.

The Ugly Betty actress, who turns 26 next week, is focused on small ways people can make a big difference helping to educate children in Africa.

To team up with America and Save The Children to help build a school in Mali, you can buy tickets to Monday’s NYC art auction at!

FYI: The series finale of Ugly Betty airs on Wednesday (April 14) @ 10PM ET/PT on ABC.

America Ferrera: Make a Mali Difference
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# 1

Educate children in Africa? is Africa a country Just Jared???? the region in Mali America Ferrera visited has a name ok? if you don’t know the name then stop writing ignorant comments like “educate children in Africa”. Africa is making than the americas and Europe combined. SMH

# 2

*Africa is bigger than the americas and Europe combined*

# 3

Awe thats so awesome! I love America and I will totally be watching the series finale next week =(

# 4

I looooooooooove America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# 5

shes amazing! video is heartbreaking :(

# 6

Awesome! She is amazing

# 7
Mali girl @ 04/10/2010 at 9:49 am

Why always does the media have to say when they talk about a country in Africa,asia or west indies they said”one of the poorest country in the world”you know my parents are coming from Mali and Its a beautiful country.The landscape there is amazing,people are very warmful.Ok my country is not rich(in term of money) but our wealth is our culture.I felt a bit hurt when I read this item.
By the way,I like America!!!and just jared too

# 8
LeviKlein @ 04/10/2010 at 4:38 pm

That’s very cool of her. I like America too.
But I have to agree with some of the previous comments: I did my entire elementary school in a country right next to Mali, and it’s a shame to hide the fact that African people are very well educated. Mostly in private schools, yes, but those schools are runned by capable and smart african teachers, and it works out better than some schools in North America.
And yes, most of the countries in West Africa are poor in terms of money, especially when compared to the USA, but we’re not living in complete darkness either. People fail to mention our successes, our rich culture and our growing efforts to make our countries better. We’re not the wealthiest but we’re smart and strong enough to rebuild our countries from the ground up.
Africans don’t necessarily sit around and beg people for help. We work too.

# 9

And why is it that celebrities are each picking a different African country to profile. Who is behind this P.R. campaign?

I have been to a country in on West coast of Africa, and it is true that it is beautiful and the wealth is in the beauty of the people. It is a pity that they are profiling “the poorest country…..”

Please move on from this. There are poor people everywhere.

And besides, if the business interests of the world would pitch in and “teach the people to fish” instead of taking all of the wealth out of their countries, the celebrities wouldn’t have anything to yap about.

@Clay: We can’t properly educate people in the USA and we’re going to show other nations how to do it?

If arrogance was gold, our country would make King Solomon look like a vagrant.

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