The 'Orange Is the New Black' star says Heifer International helps people raise livestock — and pay it forward
In EW’s column Act With Me, stars share their personal stories about giving back. This week, Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba speaks about Heifer International, which fights poverty around the world by providing people with the means to create self-sustaining small businesses that raise and care for livestock.
WHY SHE TOOK ACTION
In 2015, the actress attended Heifer’s annual Emmy week gala, Beyond Hunger, and her interest was piqued. “It was the only party that had goats,” she jokes. Aduba then traveled to Africa to see the organization’s work firsthand. “It really spoke to what I love, which is this idea of service,” she says. “I can see in my own home what one generation can become, and seeing that on the ground in Uganda, it just means so much to me. I can’t say it enough: I do not believe that where you were born or to whom you were born should determine your destiny.”