Expectant parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt capped off the week that brought news of their impending summer arrival by landing in Haiti, where they took a firsthand look at projects run by Yele Haiti, the charity of Haitian-born hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean.
The two arrived in the beleaguered Caribbean nation from the neighboring Dominican Republic, where Jolie is shooting the movie The Good Shepherd, costarring Matt Damon and directed by Robert De Niro.
Greeted by a cheering crowd along their route through the capital of Port-au-Price on Friday, Jolie, 30, and Pitt, 42, were protected by police and United Nations peacekeepers, reports the Associated Press. One of the couple’s destinations was a school where Yele Haiti offers scholarships to students, and it was here that the star couple observed children in the classroom dancing and reciting poetry.
“You hear so much just about the danger and the fear and then you come here and you meet just an amazing people … given just a little chance, and given a little help, this is going to be a great country,” said Jolie, who serves as a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Jean also singled out the couple for praise, given the timing of their visit amid the political turmoil in Haiti, which is struggling to organize its first elections since former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced from power in a violent rebellion nearly two years ago. “To have these people grace our country is a beautiful thing,” said Jean.
After the classroom visit the couple met workers from Yele Haiti’s Project Clean Streets, which helps clear litter from the capital. The project is funded, in part, by the U.S. Agency for International Development, CARE and the Pan American Development Foundation.