12/09/2011 AT 07:00 PM EST
As the end of the year draws near, Kim Kardashian
is stepping back from the drama in her personal life
to spend some time giving back in Haiti.
Kardashian is in the earthquake-ravaged
country with the charity group We Advance
, along with her mom, Kris Jenner, and Prime Suspect
star Maria Bello, who co-founded the organization.
"She connected with Mario Bello and is there with Maria's foundation and also with her mom," a source close to Kardashian tells PEOPLE. "Her intention was always to take the end of the year to focus on some of the other things that are important to her and this trip was one."
Kardashian, who is going through a bitter divorce
from Kris Humphries, made the trip in part to support the group, whose Web site says it's "a movement to advance the health, safety, and well being of women throughout Haiti."
Says the source: "[Kim's] father instilled in her and her siblings that every little bit counts and she always tries to do as much as she can – whether it's privately or whether it's something that she can use her platform for – to help."