Winning Silver at the Deauville Green Awards for our Sustainable Mission and Message!

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It’s not enough to have a story to tell, it’s how you tell that story. At Kitechild, we truly believe in creating change, not charity. In helping communities rebuild from the ground up – literally and figuratively with our agricultural based projects, and with our emphasis on supporting at risk children and empowering them with the tools they need to thrive.

 

We were able to share our mission in a beautifully visual, compelling way in the form of our film “Kitechild Kenya – Greenhouses for Good”. This short film takes viewers on a colorful, green, inspiring journey through our various projects in Kenya, the community members who run them, and the children who are at the heart of it all. From a 6 greenhouse farm in Nakuru valley feeding over 250 children, to a 4 greenhouse farm in Migori from which produce sales fund local schoolteachers in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, our projects are highlighted in a visually compelling way that inspires viewers to be a part of a growing movement in development and sustainability.

View it NOW!

 

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The children remain the heart of it all, as it is for them that we create our projects for. For their schools, for their families, and for the orphanages that they often must live in as they are placed in better living situations including foster care or adoption. Our projects are changing the way that people are able to support orphan children, those living in orphanages or shelters. We are raising the level of transparency in donating to an orphanage, going beyond the sponsor a child model, and really focusing on sustainability and long term change, as our film depicts.

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To our wonderful surprise and delight, our film was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Deauville Green Awards, held in Deauville, France. We ended up taking home a silver award, out of over 370 entries in the competition. We could not be more proud of our work and are grateful to the film festival for the opportunity to share our important message with the world.

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Credits: The film was shot in June 2016 throughout Kenya, and was produced by Kitechild, InDigital Media, and Christoph Siegert. Executive Producer Jacqueline Herrera Levi, Director Christoph Siegert, Production Crew Tobern Averkorn, Music Composer Jeremie Levi Samson, and our on the ground Kenyan crew Kenneth Mugo and Martha Maina.

Join our Village – One The Helps At Risk Children to Thrive

Just like the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”, we firmly believe that the entire community should step up and support at-risk children, and their families, in times of need. On December 3rd, we held our first ever photo exhibit depicting our work in the field. The theme of the night was “It Takes a Village”, with an emphasis on all the different community members involved in our efforts to empower at risk children to break the cycles of poverty and thrive. This village we speak of is global – it goes beyond the immediate geographic surroundings of the child, and extends all across the world, to supporters and donors like you that join our Kitechild village to support these children.

A few of the favorite photos from evening include:

Jeweled Feet


Title: Jeweled Feet
Photographer: Benjamin James
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 2015
Description: Anklets, commonly known as Payal, are worn for many reasons in the Hindu culture, including channeling positive energy into the body, and as a signifier of availability for marriage. However, most of the young girls in our partner centers wear them for another reason, because they like the way they look and the sound they make when they walk.

 

 Title: Commute to Work Photographer: Christoph Siegert Location: Fiwagoh Mission. Gilgil, Nakuru, Kenya. 2016 Description: A laborer is about to go home after working in our Kitechild funded greenhouses at the Fiwagoh MIssion. This project has provided steady employment to members of the surrounding community as they work on the farm, and learn to cultivate their own smaller farms at home.


Title: Commute to Work
Photographer: Christoph Siegert
Location: Fiwagoh Mission. Gilgil, Nakuru, Kenya. 2016
Description: A laborer is about to go home after working in our Kitechild funded greenhouses at the Fiwagoh MIssion. This project has provided steady employment to members of the surrounding community as they work on the farm, and learn to cultivate their own smaller farms at home.

 

 

Title: Room for One More Photographer: Benjamin James Location: LAMP Mission, Nakkapali, Andra Pradesh, India. 2015 Description: A girl stands under an umbrella – twice her size – at the LAMP Mission Home. Through Kitechild, the home was able to reconstruct their roof to protect the sleeping area for the children from the common rains.

Title: Room for One More
Photographer: Benjamin James
Location: LAMP Mission, Nakkapali, Andra Pradesh, India. 2015
Description: A girl stands under an umbrella – twice her size – at the LAMP Mission Home. Through Kitechild, the home was able to reconstruct their roof to protect the sleeping area for the children from the common rains.

 

We’d like to thank some very important members of our village, those people that support Kitechild and keep our wheels running. From our two talented photographers, Christoph Siegert of InDigital Media and Benjamin James of Empty Space Studio, our talented entertainment for the night, Josh Arias and Jeremie Levi Samson, to our support from our Board members from Xomad and Boxador Labs, our main sponsor BDirect,  and of course our staff for the evening and everyone that attended to show their support.

 

We are inviting you to be a part of this village – by donating to Kitechild’s efforts in funding sustainable projects that empower at risk children to receive the education, quality nutrition, and emotional support they need to break the bonds of poverty and thrive. Will you join us? Donate today.