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Monday's Connector: Jessica Alba

April 20th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

She is one of the most widely recognizable actresses around the world and thankfully Jessica Alba has put that fame to good use.

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Alba is best known for her role in such films "Sin City", "Fantastic Four" and her television series "Dark Angel".

The 28-year-old is teaming up with U.S. congresswoman Nita Lowey to help unveil landmark legislation to help achieve universal basic education around the world.

The movement is part of the 1Goal: Education for all World Cup campaign in the United States.

The bill is the culmination of a decade's work that began at the Millennium Summit in 2000 and is aimed at solving the problem where 72 million children still lack access to basic education.

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  1. Richard Stein

    I'm from Congresswoman Lowey's district and I would just like to say that this is a great cause to fight for. And with the help of a high-profile celebrity, places like the Congo and other third world nations can finally be able to give their children a proper education so that those countries and become innovated and industrialized for the better of the state and the people.

    April 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jessica Marie Alba and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Jessica Marie Alba to the following questions:
    – What is your opinion on the current basic education of our children worldwide?
    – What needs to be done to educate people who are living under the poverty line?
    – What can we expect from you?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Jessica Marie Alba’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    April 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  3. Bret Largos

    Jessica, now that you have been to Washington a few times, has the idea of a political career after your done acting crossed your mind?

    Do you feel it's unfair a child's education in America depends on where they live? (Example: Beverly Hills vs. Bronx) Should'nt ALL children have the same chance at an excellent education?

    Thank you for supporting a great cause. Educated children are our future.

    -Bret in Maine

    April 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  4. hema666

    hi jessica....

    how r u ?

    i want to ask u about the changes happend to u after u become mother???

    and if this make you accept some roles and did not others ??

    and what roles u would like to do ???

    this is from egypt...

    April 21, 2010 at 12:10 am | Reply
  5. Antony

    Good choice...

    April 21, 2010 at 1:52 am | Reply
  6. Schuyler Gray

    Hello Jessica,
    I was a big fan of sin city. I am currently an international relations student and I think this is a great campaign for the Millenium Development Goals. My question is why have you chosen education over other very important issues that plague the third world such as disease, lack of drinking water and sanitation, and agricultural strife? Do you think the survival of population should be put before its education? Why or why not? Good luck with your campaign.

    Norton, MA United States

    April 21, 2010 at 2:18 am | Reply
  7. Valentine ojiegbe from nigeria

    Hi,what a great initiative,but how wholistic and integrating will this be

    April 21, 2010 at 4:01 am | Reply
  8. John Kelly

    Hello Jessica Alba,

    Please i will like you to address this questions more clear for me and our world. How is it possible for you our kids/childrens all over the under develop and third countries benefit from this education.

    i.e, countries like india, fiji, nigeria, congo and many more.

    Talking about nigeria and her bad leader's, how do you think the childrens from poor homes will benefit from this and get that quality education.

    warm greetings,
    John Kelly.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:24 am | Reply
  9. mhar paredes

    so does it mean that you will be an ambassador for this initiative that both of you are working for?

    we are talking Global here, so what does the 3rd world country will benifit from this agenda?

    as a celebrity icon, how you will devide your time and effort to do this?

    best regards,

    Mhar Paredes
    Home town: Imus, Cavite
    Country : Philippines

    April 21, 2010 at 5:01 am | Reply
  10. Alan

    Hi Jess,

    I just wanted to know if you will be doing any more action style roles as you did in your "Dark Angel" days?

    also its great what you are doing with regards to the education of impoverished children – well done..

    April 21, 2010 at 5:20 am | Reply
  11. Ahmed Alian

    Will you marry me?

    April 21, 2010 at 5:54 am | Reply
  12. Juko

    Please help the poor schools in Chuuk , FSM .

    April 21, 2010 at 5:56 am | Reply
  13. Megan


    I read a recent article in which you state your interest in adopting. As an adoptee, I'm intrigued and impressed with your plans.

    I was wondering how the adoption process is going and (if I may be so nosy) which country you were planning on adopting from. I understand the adoption process in some countries are harder than others.

    Good luck!

    A Korean-American in Korea

    April 21, 2010 at 6:09 am | Reply
  14. K Sangal

    I wish if Ms. Alba could motivate people sitting at helm of affairs in USA to spend just 1% of military budget which they spend worldwide to eradicate terrorism on primary education of kids in the areas ridden deeply by terrorism menace.

    My feeling is this could be a good investment and save lot of money which is being spent on chasing these rogue elements.

    So now is the time for US to lead by example and then force others to follow same.

    Ms. Alba, your thoughts pls!!!!!

    With kind regards,
    K Sangal, New Delhi, India

    April 21, 2010 at 6:13 am | Reply
  15. ChiOma

    Jessica alba took my breath away in d movie Awake.

    April 21, 2010 at 6:17 am | Reply
  16. David Lee

    Hi Jessica,

    My name is David, currently an educational consultant based in the city of Seoul, South Korea.

    I help children realize their own potential through positioning strategies to mapping out options for future success.

    After hearing about this cause, I wanted to know what I could do to help.


    David Lee

    April 21, 2010 at 6:28 am | Reply
  17. Amin

    Hello Jessica,

    What do you think about not using central governments to instate education programs in communities, but rather fostering private for-profit and voluntary education initiatives?


    April 21, 2010 at 6:30 am | Reply
  18. Jesse

    Would africa be part of this exercise?how do you intend to have countries in africa participate?

    April 21, 2010 at 6:34 am | Reply
  19. Patrick Douglas

    Hello to Ms. Alba and CNN,

    I would like to ask:

    Why education and not some other issue?
    What inspired you to be involved this issue?
    What will you do to counter all the national and international limitations on education? Funding, access, discrimination, etc?

    Thank you for your time and effort regarding this essencial aspect of life and good luck!

    Patrick Douglas

    April 21, 2010 at 6:34 am | Reply
  20. Sharif Chowdhury

    Hi Jessica,

    Surely you r doing a good work. Access to basic education is a necessity for all, and so as access to water,food and shelter. For poor families who have no shelter, no access to water and struggling to find enough food to survive, for them sending their kids to school is a luxury or impossible. That's how child labor becomes a necessity for them, which is in many cases a better option then selling their kids for trafficking or prostitution !

    In these countries government corruptions is the root cause of these problems, and foreign aid doesn't usually do any good for the people who needs the help but usually exploited by the regime or the government which is actually part of the problem.

    April 21, 2010 at 6:36 am | Reply
  21. Andrew Millard

    Expanding basic education (particularly among children) is probably the most ennobling challenge of our time, creating the most likely medium term prospect for poverty alleviation – and I am pleased that famous people are lending their time and profile to it.

    I am interested in comments/thoughts/views on how technology, funding and content resources might be harnessed off a single, global platform to maximise the reach, standards and effectiveness of this initiative. Assume content at this stage to be limited to basic literacy, arithmetic and life skills (hygiene etc).

    April 21, 2010 at 7:09 am | Reply
  22. rcm

    Do you think the lack of basic education is the only thing that is making 3rd world countries unstable or are there other issues?

    April 21, 2010 at 7:16 am | Reply
  23. Morgan ike

    Hi alba am one of fan who luv somuch.wat u doing now i think is best 4 children who lacks basic education around world,but jus keep ur gud work and u will achieve ur goals.thnx

    April 21, 2010 at 7:20 am | Reply
  24. John B

    Hello Jessica,


    Charity begins at home, congratulations on your effort to bring knowledge to the future generation.

    The question that I would like to ask is broad based, how do you think celebrities like to be an example, because most of the celebrities have 2 faces, one that they want the world to see and the other that they really are both are very different.

    As an ambassador for a cause I think both the faces should be one?

    Thank you and you have a wonderful and blessed life.

    God Bless you and your family.



    April 21, 2010 at 7:28 am | Reply
  25. Reginah Tyger

    Hey Jessica Alba! I'm writing from Nigeria, just want to say what you are doing is really great. For you guys to remember other people & to give them the right to education, i think it would bring forth development. Keep up the good work!!!

    April 21, 2010 at 7:39 am | Reply
  26. Leslie

    I am greatful for wat this young woman is doing to help my fellow Africans.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:43 am | Reply
  27. Dean Mountford

    Hi Jessica,

    I hope you remember me, I'm the friend of Peter Nathan – Flipper 1st A.D., who you met on set for your last day filming Flipper and we talked for some time about future goals and plans.

    I was working as a 2nd A.D. in film at the time but over the years another passion has started to kick in and that's helping the poor and needy in the 3rd world, which I've been actively involved in for the last few years.

    In fact my new fiancee is from the Philippines and I just moved over to Guam from spending 2 years in the Philippines so we can finalize the process for marriage.

    Anyway long story short, she comes from a family of 6 girls, the father is a drunk in the province in the Philippines and their mother is in Hong Kong and unable to provide for their education. Which is one of the reasons why I am in Guam away from my fiancee right now, as I'm doing all I can to help provide for her sisters' education and future.

    As you may know the Philippines has over 40% of the population below poverty level with many children not being able to get an education. My fiancee's sisters are in that boat.

    My question to you is can I be involved with what you're doing in any way? I'd love to be involved with what you're doing.

    I've been involved in both film & tv production for a long time now, and I want to make a difference in this area with my talent and experience and I'm surprised to hear that your focus is now also on this issue.

    If you want to reach me, my phone is (671) 487-0710.

    Dean Mountford.
    Guam, USA.

    P.S. If you have access to Whip H's contact details he can confirm I'm in contact with him via facebook...

    April 21, 2010 at 7:50 am | Reply
  28. Philip G.

    Hi Jessica! I love you!

    How is this legislation going to work? Are we going to be sending our tax money and teachers to say Africa, or are we going to teach their students here? Thank you.

    Michigan, USA

    April 21, 2010 at 7:53 am | Reply
  29. kathir

    Dear Jessica, i just want to ask one question to you.

    Despite your childhood health problems and the loneliness , how were you able to come this far? whats really inspired you?

    I wish u all the best for ur future. God Bless ur heart.


    April 21, 2010 at 7:56 am | Reply
  30. Mosdef

    You are very beautiful. why?
    I await your response. Thank you 🙂

    April 21, 2010 at 7:59 am | Reply
  31. Chika Onwuteaka

    Hi Jessica. I do enjoy your movies and you are a great actress.
    – The basic education for all, how does Africa benefit from it.
    – Also, in achieving this do you intend to travel down to the interior villages of Africa.

    Thanks for your response and pray God to help you achieve this.
    Chika B. Onwuteaka

    April 21, 2010 at 8:15 am | Reply
  32. brian

    Hi Jessica,
    I am an optimist who believes anything is possible, however my question:
    ....How far can this project go in helping the African and Asian Children?
    ....what are your modus operandis?

    April 21, 2010 at 9:13 am | Reply
  33. Helen djang

    Hi jess,this a rare gesture from a celebrity like you,actually princess diana-ish(r.i.p).my question is how would you sustain this intiative?i believe its not a nine-day wonder?from ghana

    April 21, 2010 at 9:17 am | Reply
  34. Helen djang

    Hi jess,this a rare gesture from a celebrity like you,thanks to the congress woman too i hope the world would veto it cos this could be a turning point for the world.writing from ghana

    April 21, 2010 at 9:30 am | Reply
  35. Ale Lindholm

    Hi Jessica & readers,
    That is a noble cause. Congratulations.
    My questions:
    What is your ethnic background? I believe is mexican, but not sure.
    Are you educating and connecting with it?
    Learning spanish or visiting your relatives there?
    Any special focus on the children in that part of the world?
    Do you feel proud of it s heritage or it is not really something you can relate?


    Ale from Sweden

    April 21, 2010 at 9:31 am | Reply
  36. Sang

    I'm Vietnamme. I really like your eyes and your smile. I desire to have a chance to meet you and shake your hand. Please send me some letters!

    April 21, 2010 at 9:59 am | Reply
  37. Ricardo Colon

    Think this may well be the most predictable question: How would this project be funded?

    That is, is it a program for the developed world (or the United States at least) to send aid to poorer countries, this time for education, or is it a call for national governments to do more to educate their own? If the later, what would be America's role, if any?

    Ricardo Colón
    Barranquitas, Puerto Rico

    April 21, 2010 at 10:31 am | Reply
  38. Ct dice

    Hi,jessica am writing from Nigeria and i really think u're doing a good thing. Love u and peace

    April 21, 2010 at 10:40 am | Reply
  39. Peter Ness

    How exactly are YOU helping the situation? What task do you have?


    April 21, 2010 at 10:49 am | Reply
  40. Jon Macintyre

    Will you marry me??
    I Am In Love With You xxx

    April 21, 2010 at 11:09 am | Reply
  41. Keira

    I am a constituent in Rep. NIta Lowey's district as well so I'm glad she's spearheading this program. My question would be: If there are 72 million kids w/o access to proper education right now, how many kids does this program expect to help within a year's time?



    April 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  42. Nam(South Korea)

    How do you think of "the hurt locker" ?

    Thank you.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  43. Keith

    Really? 72 million children lack basic education? Considering the number of countries where girls are not allowed basic education and that globally over two billion people are food insecure or food poor, this seems like a REALLY low number to me.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  44. Rosie Mcroy

    Jessica Alba is my idol and i hope to meet her one day she has inspired me so much. She is a hot as chick as well. Jessica has shown so many characters in movies which is one of the reasons why i love her so much and well when she played honey in the movies honey I absolutely admired her for her work

    October 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply

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