Kerry Butler

World Vision

More than 25,000 children die every day from preventable causes.

“My adopted 3-year-old daughter, Segi, is from Ethiopia,” says Kerry Butler, now appearing in “Xanadu” on Broadway. “Twelve babies around her died in one month. They don’t even know what it was. In the United States, they wouldn’t have died.”

It was six years ago when Butler first heard about World Vision. Through donations, the nonprofit works to transform the lives of the world’s poorest children.

When Butler visited Ethiopia last year, she got to see the philanthropy in action. “They don’t just come in and give money,” she says. “They actually teach people how they can support themselves. It’s not just coming in and saying, ‘Oh, we’re Americans. We can fix anything.’ It’s giving people the resources so they can support themselves. There’s a pride issue there.”

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