Love often inspires great charity. For Anne Hathaway, that meant catching a flight to Nicaragua to help vaccinate 1,000 children against hepatitis A last month.
It was the first stop in what will be a five-year program by the Follieri Foundation (founded by Hathaway’s boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, in 2005) to immunize disadvantaged children throughout Central America.
Next month, they’ll vaccinate 10,000 children in Honduras. The foundation also supports a Brazilian orphanage and a prescription drug discount program for the uninsured in the U.S.
“I’m in love with the founder, so I’d be going anyway,” says Hathaway. “But I was glad I could use any presence I have to help the foundation. Children are so vulnerable, especially in the Third World, where the cards are so stacked against them.”
For Follieri, the most gratifying part of the three days in Nicaragua was parents’ reactions. “I was amazed by the faces of the parents; they were so grateful we’d given their children a chance.”
Hathaway describes the experience as a “little selfish,” saying, “It was such an amazing feeling for us.” However, the actress would change one thing about the foundation if she could.
“I don’t want to be the sole famous person on the board,” she says. “That would be a tiny bit of nepotism.”