Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Pictured: Angelina Jolie's daughters Shiloh and Zahara follow in her charitable footsteps by donating clothes and bonding with disadvantaged Cambodian children

Angelina Jolie's daughters Shiloh and Zahara are following in her charitable footsteps by sponsoring a family of Cambodian slum children.
The Hollywood star's eldest daughters may live in the lap of luxury but have formed a bond with some of the poorest children while in South East Asia as their mother makes her latest movie, First They Killed my Father.
Leida Shoun, 16, who has twelve brothers and sisters, initially approached Shiloh, nine, and Zahara, 10, when they and father Brad Pitt stopped for ice cream in the town of Siem Reap, and they were so moved by her family's plight they are now sponsoring them.
On separate occasions the two girls took the kids out and treated them to new sets of clothes totalling $200 – a small fortune in a country where a T-shirt costs less than a dollar - trips to a games arcade and two brand new bikes.

Speaking with the permission of her father, Mansaret, 40, Leida told us: 'We only had one bicycle for the entire family and it was old, so for us this is an amazing gift.
'Shiloh and Zahara and their family are very good people. We have known them for a while, they sponsor us.
'I play with Shiloh or Zahara, they meet us in Siem Reap town and we all play together.
'They take us to the arcade in the Angkor Centre, they are all very nice people. I like it when we play ball.'
Leida and her siblings - aged between 23 and 16 months - live in a small tin shack in the slum district of Mundal Bai in Siem Reap with their mother and father.

However, they feel they are lucky because they have a television, powered by a battery.
Leida says her father doesn't work because he's old and 'too sick.'
The aid money they receive helps pay for rice, other food and clothes – although the large family are still among the poorest.
Leida added: 'We get money for rice, clothes and shoes. It has made a big difference to our lives, we get by now we are sponsored – living is easier for us.'
Leida and her brother Ploy, eight, are the only two in the family who speak any English and on the day we met them they proudly brandished bags with the clothes they had been bought by Shiloh and her minder at the local Angkor Trade Centre.
Shopkeeper Keo Sokhen said the Jolie-Pitt clan spent $30 on clothes for the kids in her store, adding: 'The young girl paid the money. They also bought things in other shops too. The Cambodian children were very good, very well behaved, and very excited to have new clothes.




 Leida and her 12 siblings live in a small tin shack in the slum district of Mundal Bai in Siem Reap with their mother and father

 Leida Shoun, 16, said the Jolie-Pitt's now sponsor her family. 'Shiloh and Zahara and their family are very good people,' she added

 Giving back: Zahara accompanied the family to buy them two brand new bikes

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