With her schedule cleared thanks to a surprise early exit from Dancing With the Stars, Lolo Jones made the most of her free time. She spent a week in the Philippines working for a global non-profit and raising awareness for children and families in need of continued support.
One Child Matters is a Christian organization that provides essential services and items to more than 40,000 children in developing nations around the world. Jones was brought in to interact with some of those children and to help put on a sports carnival day in Poog, a rural area in the Philippines.
Throughout the trip, Jones tweeted photos of the activities and sights she was participating in. It wasn't glamorous, either: Jones reported on Twitter that the van rides to and from villages took up four hours every day.
Jones also encouraged her fan base to consider becoming sponsors for children and their families, highlighting the poverty in the region and how small amounts of money can make an enormous difference:
10 people live in this one bedroom house. The two adorable girls sitting are sponsored by @i5church members. Their sponsor, Someone in Maryland gives up $39 a month, so that these kids are given schooling and daily meals. If you feel inclined please sponsor a kid on @onechildmatters and change their life #Philippines #impactTheWorld
Despite the serious purpose of her trip, Jones found plenty of time to have fun. The Filipino kids proved more appreciative of Jones' moves than a primetime dancing competition.
These kids will break forward. I wish I had more time to spend with them. Help me impact their future. Please sponsor a kid. @onechildmatters #worldChanger #Philippines #beTHE5