George And Amal Clooney Donate $20 Million To Help Refugees — But That's Not The Only Way They're Making A Difference

"Listen, we got your back."

When it comes to standing up for and supporting refugees, George and Amal Clooney are helping out in more ways than one. The power couple has made a sizable donation to their own foundation, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, to help them but has also helped a single refugee in a huge, life-changing way.


"Amal and I are going to take $20 million and put it directly into our foundation," the 56-year-old actor told The Hollywood Reporter in an in-depth interview. "It will go toward educating refugees, it will go toward housing, it will go to all the things that we want to work on."

This money will be coming out of Clooney's take from the sale of Casamigos Tequila, a liquor company he started with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. By putting some of this money into he and his wife's foundation — or by giving to outside organizations like with the recent $1 million donation toward the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate — they will be able to help to help many, many people.

Outside of the this, though, the Clooneys have also opened their home — one of them, at least — and heart to one refugee in particular. The Yazidi man, who has not been named, currently goes to school at the University of Chicago and lives in the couple's residence they keep in Augusta, Ky.

"He was on this bus to Mosul, and ISIS shot the two bus drivers and said, 'Anybody who wants to go to college, we will shoot them.' He survived and came to America," Clooney explained. "He got through all the checks, and once he got through those, it was like, 'Listen, we got your back. You want to get an education? You want to move your life forward? This is something that we can do.'"

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