it has a well-known name, earned their money for almost 20 years as a photo model. Now Kiera Chaplin (37), granddaughter of the great Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), has found a new calling. In Vevey, VD, who grew up million heiress opened in the West African micro-state of Sierra Leone, a school with space for 400 children. “It is our duty to help those less fortunate than us,” she says. “This school is hopefully just the beginning of many other projects.”

On the “Vogue”, “Elle” and “Vanity Fair”

During her career in the beauty industry posed Chaplin for Model-Bibles such as “Vogue”, “Elle” and “Vanity Fair”, she also acted in several films. At an Event in Berlin, she learned two years ago, best-selling author (‘desert flower’) and human rights activist Waris Dirie (54) know. The woman from Somalia is involved since the 90s against female genital mutilation, was, therefore, from 1997 to 2003, UN special Ambassador. In 2002, Dirie started her own organization, the Desert Flower Foundation, which has already saved tens of thousands of girls from this horror ritual Circumcision.

“By Dirie, I have been to the extreme poverty and the great injustice that prevail in some African countries, only really made aware of,” says Chaplin. “I didn’t have to think long about whether I want to hire me.”

One of the poorest countries in the world

The Kiera-Chaplin-school is something built outside Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, next to the already existing Desert-Flower-hospital. The focus should not only be directed to the usual school, such as reading, Writing and Arithmetic. “We want to give the children the opportunity to can also music unfold.”

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, until 2002, it was shaken by a catastrophic civil war, up to 300’000 people fell victim, against three million were forced to flee. “The consequences of the war are still felt today,” says Chaplin. to promote

children’s musical, is of the utmost importance for the development of their social skills. The Chaplin school is to be opened in October. “I am extremely happy to contribute to a slightly better world,” says the Model.