Published October 30, 2006
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Angelina Jolie has set up an independent Cambodian organization to administer a conservation project for remote northwestern areas of the country, the director of the new group said Monday.
Jolie terminated the contract with Cambodian Vision in Development and U.S. conservation group WildAid, which had co-managed the project, in December, said Stephen Bognar, executive director of the Maddox Jolie Project. The new group is named for Jolie's 5-year-old son Maddox, who was adopted from Cambodia in 2002.
The 31-year-old actress has promised up to $1.3 million over five years for the forest conservation program, which was approved by the Cambodia government in 2003.
Mounh Sarath, director of Cambodian Vision in Development, said Monday Jolie had violated the agreement "under which she agreed to provide funds to CVD."
Scenes for Jolie's 2001 movie, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," were filmed at Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple.
Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, also have a 1-year-old daughter, Zahara, who was adopted from Ethiopia. Jolie gave birth to the couple's daughter, Shiloh, in Namibia in May.