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September 24th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Actresses America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel lend support to women in poverty

"One," the anti-poverty group started by musician and humanitarian Bono is launching a new initiative to raise awareness of programs helping women and children in developing countries. This past august actresses America Ferrara, best known for her role in "Ugly Betty" and Alexis Bledel, from "Gilmore Girls' traveled with "One" to Honduras to see how these programs help women escape extreme poverty.

Ferrara says she was attracted to the “One” campaign because “they’re about leveraging your voice, not your money.” Ferrara adds that it was the organization’s interest “in focusing in on issues surrounding women and girls” and also wanting to visit Latin America that drew her in.

Both actresses who have co-starred in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” movies speak Spanish fluently and were recently named to the Hollywood Reporter's list of 35 hottest young Latinos in entertainment.

In Honduras, Bledel says she and her former co-star saw “a lot of incredible programs that are funded by the U.S. government that aid with immunization and teach women new farming methods. Bledel adds, “we saw a lot of programs that are doing incredible things that just need to be… to have continued funding and be supported.”

Ferrara says she and Bledel witnessed first hand how giving the women of Honduras better tools changed the community. “Just giving mother’s the tools to fortify tortillas with better vitamins made the children’s development stronger, it cut stunting. It made boys and girls more alert and better in the classroom so theta they could learn better.”

To help, Bledel says “it’s easy to become a member. Just go to and you sign up.” “The way that you support them is really not by making donations… it’s just by lending your voice…You can sign petitions, you can twitter politicians, you can just …support the campaign that way,” says Bledel.

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