Kat Graham on Working With UNHCR: Love Is Important (VIDEO)
Vampire DiariesstarKat Graham isn’t just a stellar actress — she’s a stellar humanitarian. The TVDer is very involved with the UN Refugee Agency, and is hoping to raise awareness of the millions of refugees displaced around the world. What did she tell Access Hollywood about what she’s learned through working with UNHCR?
“There were so many different things when you experience something like that,” Kat said of her recent trip to Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp where more than 100,000 refugees live. While there, Kat got to see what the UNHCR does, how their food program works, and talked with a man who works in one of the camp’s six medical facilities. “A lot of it is humility, you know, we’re so fortunate to be here and to have this incredible life here in Hollywood, but it really showed underneath it all family is really important, love is really important, being there for each other is really important.”
In honor of World Refugee Day, which is today, Kat hopes that people will take the time to visit the UNHCR website and think about the ways in which they might be able to help the millions displaced around the world.
Though Kat revealed that it was her mother who first helped her get in contact with the UNHCR, she also credits the success of TVD in enabling her to make a difference: “It’s just been so great, to be a part of something that’s bigger than you and makes you feel like it’s all worth it — and Vampire Diaries has just totally opened the door for all that for me, so I’m happy.”
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