Angelina Jolie Travels to Vietnam
updated 01/21/2007 AT 10:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/20/2007 AT 11:15 AM EST
The actress traveled to the Asian country to take a meeting on behalf of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Project, her charity aiding her son's native country of Cambodia.
According to MJP executive director Stephan Bognar, he and Jolie met with officials from the International Finance Corporation's Mekong Private Sector Development Facility, a privately funded World Bank initiative that promotes economic development in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
In particular, Jolie is interested in a project to help subsistence farmers grow and sell bamboo, a business that, Bognar says, could increase their monthly income from $25 to $100-300. Bamboo crops also filter toxins from water and help stem soil erosion.
Despite Internet rumors, Pitt was in New Orleans, where he's filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and couldn't make the trip – and Jolie was not in Vietnam for another adoption.
Now the actors, along with kids Maddox, 5, Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 7 months, are back together in the Big Easy, where Pitt and Jolie recently bought a six-bedroom, $3.5 million house.
Pitt is also been working on a development project of his own in the city: He worked with the environmental organization Global Green USA to find an Earth-friendly plan for rebuilding neighborhoods ravaged by Katrina – a project that is on track to begin construction in February or March.