Angelina Jolie Meets with Orphaned Children in Ravaged Haiti

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Angelina Jolie visits earthquake stricken Haiti

Angelina Jolie talks to a 10-year-old Haitian boy who lost a limb during the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Feb. 9, 2010. Credit: Marco Di Lauro, UNHCR / AP

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made the pledge to donate $1 million to earthquake-ravaged Haiti soon after the disaster shook the island nation last month. This week, the Oscar-winning actress saw the destruction for herself when she visited the devastated country as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Jolie was in Port-au-Prince earlier this week to meet with children and families and to support SOS Children's Villages, a global organization dedicated to the long-term care and prevention of orphaned and abandoned children.

On her itinerary: visiting two SOS families who have each taken in four children (all brothers and sisters in both cases) who were among the 33 children involved in last week's detainee crisis.

"We are all wondering how to help the people of Haiti and how to reach the most vulnerable," Jolie says in a public statement. "With 500 villages in 132 countries, SOS offers a family-based village model that provides for the holistic needs of a child -- a caring parent, family, community, education and support."

Jolie is among several celebrities who have donated to Haitian earthquake relief. Madonna, Sandra Bullock, Ted Turner and Gisele Bundchen are among those writing big checks. George Clooney helped organize a telethon that raised more than $57 million. And Haiti native Wyclef Jean continues to raise money and awareness through his Yele Haiti organization.

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