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Drew Barrymore moved by African children's school joy
Drew Barrymore became emotional on a recent
charity trip to Africa after witnessing local children's delight at
heading to school - because she missed out on a traditional
education as a child star.
The actress found fame in 1982's E.T. the
Extra-Terrestrial at the tender age of seven and she landed several
other roles as a youngster, which resulted in her receiving on-set
Barrymore admits she "didn't have a kids'
life" and she was thrilled to see how much Kenyan children enjoy
their schooling during a recent trip to the country with the World
She tells Conde Nast Traveler magazine, "I
was really moved. I never went to school myself. I was doing a job
and didn't have a kids' life. I wanted to learn more about why
these kids were so passionate, walking so far and overfilling their
"I didn't want to be on a soapbox, this
Westerner living in a bubble, so on the first trip I was a little
nervous. I asked questions and listened a lot...
"It's amazing to me that the kids mention
professions which involve helping others, that they are naturally
philanthropic. People can feel unconfident (sic) about sending
money into the void of a charity. But when you find something like
this that speaks to your heart, it gives you the courage to look
beyond your own problems and take the first small steps to try as
an individual to make an impact."