Actress and Oscar winner Natalie Portman opens up to PEOPLE about her experience in Kenya working with WE, an organization that is stemmed to help young women in developed and developing countries have access to schooling.
The drive and intuition local Kenyan girls have was something that Portman was truly mesmerized by. She even recounts that the school in Kenya had to establish rules to close the library early because students wanted to stay up late to study. Portman says, “Being with these people, you leave and you’re like, “I need to go into my life with that amount of focus and energy and love and generosity and excitement,”.
Portman is proud to be a part of a life-changing organization. She says, “I’ve been working with WE for a few years and they’re an incredible group that has both operations in the developing world, in places there aren’t enough schools and they build schools and everything that goes around them,”.
Because of her help and dedication to help girls in
developing countries receive a good education, Portman is named one of PEOPLE’S 25 Women Changing the World.
Her experience in Kenya and seeing these young women graduate from school was eye opening for Portman. She says, “It’s the most moving thing when someone gets something that I took for granted,”. She adds by saying, “It was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life.”