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Sabrina Dhowre, Idris Elba Are Fighting For Rural Farmers Affected By COVID-19

The model, who grew up in Vancouver, told us why she's proud to be Canadian.

Canadian-born Sabrina Dhowre Elba and her husband, actor Idris Elba, want us to keep a specific group in mind as we try to navigate through the new realities of the pandemic: famers in rural parts of African countries.

The couple, who both tested positive for for COVID-19 in March, want more people to know about how hard the economic fallout has been in remote communities throughout African countries.

Since recovering from the coronavirus, they became UN Goodwill Ambassadors and launched a relief fund to help farmers continue to grow their crops and maintain access to markets, as movements become more and more restricted.

“Helping agriculture is a direct link to pushing back poverty,” Dhowre Elba told HuffPost Canada.

Earlier in the week, the couple discussed their plans with international development minister Karina Gould.

Dhowre Elba was raised in Vancouver, but grew up listening to her mom talk about living in Somalia. “A lot of my love for Africa comes from her,” she said.

Watch the video above to see Dhowre Elba discuss her mom’s influence on her work, her family’s recovery from the coronavirus, and why she’s proud to be a Canadian.

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