Jolie-Pitt Foundation Announces $2 Million Gift to Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have awarded $2 million through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation to the N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia, the Associated Press reports.

The gift, made in the name of the actors' Namibian-born daughter Shiloh, came after the family spent Christmas at the lodge. "We want [Shiloh] to be very involved and grow up with the understanding of her country of birth," said Jolie in a statement released on Monday. Noting that the owners of the sanctuary, Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren, were old friends, she added, "We continue to be impressed by their hard work and dedication to the people and conservation of the land and wildlife of Namibia."

A portion of the funds will be used for large animal conservation projects, but the gift will primarily benefit San bushmen on the farm and in the surrounding area.

"Some of the donated funds will be used in the running of a clinic which provides free medical care to the community of bushmen," said Dara Barrett, head of finance at the sanctuary, "including the treatment of malnutrition, tuberculosis, and HIV [and San community projects that have yet to be identified]."

Nastasya Tay. "Jolie, Pitt Donate $2 Million to African Sanctuary." Associated Press 01/03/2011.