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Lavender’s Story

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, International, News, Newsletter, Our Projects, Our Work, Update From Rehema!: Lavender

  Lavender is a 14 year old girl from Rehema Orphanage and Children’s School, located in the Korogocho slum in Nairobi. We met Lavender when we held 2 weeks of intensive Creative Arts workshops during August 2011 that were lead by the GoodMakers Street Team and benefited Flying Kites Global, an NGO that provides support and resources to children’s homes located in Nairobi and outlying areas. Lavender quickly stood out as someone who transcended her bleak environment and it was clear that Lavender had bigger plans for herself and her community. Lavender and three of her school mates organized the sale of chickens from the home’s chicken coop, which helped to raise funds for her fellow starving Kenyans. This effort caught the interest of local media and Lavender was invited to make a speech at the ‘Kenyans for Kenya’...

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Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, International, News, Newsletter, Our Films - International, Our Work, Recent Work :, Uganda

Challenge Women’s Global Empowerment Fund provides critical loans, education and resources to women in post-conflict northern Uganda who are rebuilding their lives after horrific ordeals.  WGEF sought GoodMakers assistance with helping to get the word out to a wider audience, and asked if we could film the annual drama festival in Kampala, Uganda. It features many of the women who have been assisted by WGEF and who are now running very successful businesses thanks to the micro-credit program and life skills training offered by WGEF.   Solution GoodMakers started by hosting a fundraising event in Los Angeles in July, 2011, helping to produce a stage reading of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. Written by Lynn Nottage, it is based on stories of women in the Congo who faced very similar ordeals as the women in the WGEF program.  The...

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Rift Valley Children’s Village

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, GM Street Team, International, Kenya, News, Newsletter, Our Work, Uncategorized

Challenge Rift Valley Children’s Village is home to 70 orphaned children from newborn to 17.  Finding creative activities for children in a wide age range is tricky under any circumstances, particularly when we only had one day to bring all of the children together for fun. Solution The GoodMakers Street Team hosted a ‘Rec Day’ which was designed to entertain and engage all of the children and culminate in an end of day showcase.  The older kids really loved the DJ Boot Camp, and all of the children, including the volunteers and ‘house mama’s,’ enjoyed the dance workshop, which included a choreographed routine to the Kenyan pop song, ‘ African Child.’  A soccer tournament was also held, which many of the younger children enjoyed immensely. Impact GoodMakers filmed the entire Rec Day experience, including filming ‘a day in the...

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“We The Change” Foundation

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, International, Kenya, News, Newsletter, Our Projects, Our Work, Uncategorized

GoodMakers filmed a short documentary for “We The Change” Foundation, a primary school located in a tiny room in the heart of the Mathare slum in Nairobi. Here is one version: “We the Change” Foundation aims to inspire and to empower individuals to be the change that they wish to see in the world. Visionary founder Soiya Gecaga envisions a world where millions of lives are transformed as a result of people working together as one united global community. In many ways, Mathare is typical of a slum environment with tin roofs, people crammed up next to each other, kids roaming unattended and a sewer running openly down the middle of the road filled with human excrement. On the other hand, there is so much life going on… Vendors selling chapati, fruits and vegetable stands, a mix of make-shift...

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Alive & Kicking

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, GM Street Team, International, Kenya, News, Newsletter, Our Work

Challenge Alive & Kicking is located in Nairobi and makes Africa’s only hand-sewn soccer balls using an all-local staff and sourcing materials from local suppliers. Alive & Kicking has faced fierce competition in recent years, from large scale manufacturers, such as Nike and Adidas, who are able to offer soccer balls at a lesser price due to mass production using cheap labor in places such as China and Vietnam. Alive & Kicking is an amazing company that needed to increase their brand presence. The global customers would need to see the benefit of purchasing hand-crafted soccer balls from a company that employs a staff of 50 Africans and provides wages that enable them to pay for school fees and support their families. Solution GoodMakers shot a short documentary at Alive & Kicking, focusing on the craftsmanship that goes into...

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Tackle Africa

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, GM Street Team, International, Kenya, News, Newsletter, Our Work, Recent Work :

Challenge Tackle Africa provides critical anti-HIV/AIDS health education through soccer drills, reaching the most poor and remote communities in Africa. Tackle Africa sought to extend their reach to slum area children, many orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS that took the lives of one or both parents. Solution GoodMakers hosted a three day intensive Community Coach training program in Nairobi for 28 school teachers, including teachers who traveled from Tanzania, along with area Oasis children’s home directors. The training was followed by a two day Soccer Tournament held in Kibera and attended by two hundred children from homes in the Kibera slum and surrounding area. The soccer tournament gave the newly trained coaches an opportunity to practice the unique curriculum taught by Tackle Africa, and the children were introduced to fun and engaging way of sharing life saving health...

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