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Audrey Hepburn, Actress and Humanitarian

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”


Audrey Hepburn is best known for her acting roles in some of the most iconic movies of the 50’s and 60’s, but her greatest contribution to humanity was through her work with UNICEF.

From Wikipedia:  She appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. Although contributing to the organisation since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992.

A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

What an amazing contribution to make for good in this world. When most with her fame and success simply live the good life, she devoted herself to helping those whose circumstances made it impossible for them to help themselves.

While there are few who are as noble as that, there are many things we can do to help others around us as we travel through this life. Our best is to help others learn to be self sufficient so that when no one is around to help, they can learn to live on their own. Don’t simply give someone a fish, TEACH them to fish. Then you have fed them for a lifetime.

One organization that fulfills this mission is the Project Self Sufficiency Foundation. It is found at www.pssfoundation.org.

From their website: Project Self Sufficiency Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports low income, single parents working toward an educational goal to become economically independent. Our foundation’s goal is to raise the funds needed to provide the tools and support that will help parents achieve their independence. This is a powerful initiative for these parents, as it will change the pathway for their family, many times, breaking the cycle of abuse and building their self-esteem, which ultimately leads to a better future for generations. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to your support!

Another such organization is called Partners In Housing at


From the website:

PIH provides a self-sufficiency program, not a housing program. The emphasis of our program is helping people learn the skills they need to be economically independent. To participate in the program, all adults must be willing and able to work and, most importantly, be motivated to achieve self-sufficiency!

Giving others the tools to lift themselves up makes the change permanent. Invest in charities of that type and the world will actually become a better place, one success at a time!

Another Audrey Hepburn quote:

“I saw but one glaring truth: These are not natural disasters, but man-made tragedies for which there is only one man-made solution– Peace.” 


UNICEF on Wikipedia


Audrey Hepburn on Wikipedia


Audrey Hepburn on International Movie Database