NEW YORK, NY, June 11, 2010 – Kechie’s Project; a recently founded non-profit organization, will hold its Summer Benefit event entitled, “Empowering Our Girls,” on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at The Permanent Mission of Nigeria, 828 2nd Avenue (between 44th and 2nd Avenue), in New York City, from 6:30pm to 10:300 pm. Funds raised will be utilized to continue providing our sponsored girls with scholarships to attend high schools in Nigeria and supporting our cultural workshop programs in Harlem, NY.
Attendees and supporters of this event include top New York City-based entertainer Greg Banks the artist, Fashion retailers, media personalities, professional model and former “America’s Next Top Model” finalist, Nnenna Agba, as well as, fashion model, Aina Fadina. The fundraiser also features a silent auction of one round trip Airline Ticket from Arik Air, West Africa major Air carrier, one Chloe hand bag, a One night stay at the Kimberly Hotel, a Dinner for two at Alfredo of Rome, a Dinner for two the Negrils and much more.
Matt Hoyle, the Executive Chef at Nobu 57 of New York City will prepare the cuisine for the event and Music provided by DJake (Jake Bright), Director of Cocody Productions.
Our mission is to empower underprivileged African girls (our current focus is Nigeria) and in the local community here in United States providing educational and mentorship/cultural workshop programs. Incorporated in Dec, 2010, Kechie’s Project is already been making a difference. We are currently supporting two schools in Nigeria providing about 20 girls with full high school tuition scholarships and mentorship support: Community Secondary/Technical School in Obinagu-Uwani, Akpugo in Enugu State and Adekunle Anglican Primary School along with its after school tutoring program partner, Makoko Youth Movement for Health located in Makoko, Yaba, Lagos. Secondary Education is free in Lagos State, therefore we provide financial support for books, uniforms, sandals and other needed expenses required for our girls in Lagos State.
Along with working with these schools in Nigeria, we are also making a difference in our local community, Harlem, NY. Last year, we donated books and shoes to the girls of Bread and Roses High School. Kechie’s Project also gave power point class presentation on the culture of Nigeria, to the four Third Grade Classes of PS 101Q in Forest Hills, NY. To help empower girls from African Immigrant families and other minorities living in the underserved community of Harlem, NY, Kechie’s Project also met and selected 10 girls from Bread and Roses High School, for our cultural workshop program which will be fully launched soon.
The Fiscal Sponsor of Kechie’s Project is Earth Rights Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization that takes an innovative approach to merge education, advocacy and research in building ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable communities in some of the world’s poorest communities. ERI is a United Nations NGO affiliate for ECOSOC, UN Habitat, UNCSD, and UN Finance and Development. Donations to Kechie’s Project are tax-deductible.
For further information on Kechie’s Project, event sponsorship, ticket purchase, donations of high-end items to be auctioned, and to send donations for this cause, please contact Frank Swinand at frank.swinand@
KECHIE'S PROJECT: Educate Girls, Empower Future Leaders!