David Cook inspired young ladies in the United States to pick up the phone and dial when he won the seventh season of American Idol. Now he's working on empowering the women of Ethiopia.
The crooner is currently in the African country on a mission on behalf of the United Nations Foundation. He's visiting their Biruh Tesfa (Bright Future) Project, which works to educate and inspire girls in the hopes of putting an end to poverty and women winding up in sex trades.
"This has been one of the most enlightening and fulfilling experiences I've been able to be a part of," he says in a conference call from the school. "You realize very quickly that it's not that hard to want to help...Maybe just looking at this problem a little differently would be a major inroad."
His visit, which will be featured on the Idol Gives Back special on April 21, included getting to know some of the girls at the school. He clearly was moved by a certain 7-year-old living whose parents had both passed away.