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September 26, 2008
The “Safari of Hope” fundraiser Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, which sought to raise $150,000 to help build a private girls’ middle school in Kenya, more than doubled its expected proceeds, co-organizer Jene Meece said. Meece, the vice chairwoman of the Newport Beach nonprofit African Child Fund, said the event garnered more than $400,000. African Child Fund, which members of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach founded three years ago, supports the African Child Foundation, a Kenyan charity that builds and operates private schools for underprivileged children.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | September 19, 2008
Father Henry Simaro was 6 when Irish missionaries drove into his blighted village in Kenya and offered him a chance to go to boarding school. Over the ensuing years, he excelled at every level of school, attended college and eventually went to USC on a scholarship. When he returned to his home country, he found it much the same as when he left it: Millions of children living in ramshackle slums, AIDS and violence taking lives by the day, girls forced to gather firewood at home while their brothers went to boarding school.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | April 23, 2009
Newport Beach resident Jene Meece has worked so hard helping to raise money to build a new school for some of the poorest children in Kenya that she wants to help build part of it now. “I just feel I have to get my hands on it and experience it myself,” she said. Meece helped to raise $400,000 for the Newport Beach-based charity African Child Fund to start construction on a new school for children who live in slums outside of Nairobi, Kenya. The group hopes to raise $1.4 million to complete the school.
SPORTS
By Tanya Lyon | November 17, 2006
With a point and a click, one simple e-mail was delivered that forever changed the futures of Grace Jepngetich and the Vanguard University women's cross country team. The e-mail was from David Rotich, a Kenyan runner, who, at the time, was competing for Spring Harbor University in Michigan. In the message, Rotich communicated with Bryan Wilkins, the 19-year coach of the Vanguard men's and women's cross country teams, and detailed times Jepngetich had run in Kenya. "He told me that he knew a couple really good Kenyan women runners," said Wilkins recalling the e-mail, "And, basically wanted to know if we'd be interested in taking a look at them."
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | September 8, 2012
A Costa Mesa woman and her brother washed cars Saturday with hopes of helping those less fortunate than them. Brittany Adams, 28, along with her brother Patrick Forte, 23, held the car wash and raised $483 toward their three-week trip to Kenya with Habitat for Humanity. "I'm just really excited for the trip," Adams said. "It's something [Patrick and I] have never done before. I'm excited to help out some really amazing people and see something different. " Forte agreed. "It's all about giving something back and taking on a new experience," he said.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | June 13, 2007
Cameron Allen of Newport Beach can't go anywhere without talking about soccer, but it's not simply because she's an enthusiastic AYSO mom. In addition to the occasional bragging about her 8-year-old daughter Kimberlee's achievements in the sport, Allen is telling everyone she knows about youth soccer teams thousands of miles away in Mathare Valley, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. She is collecting used soccer uniforms and equipment for the Mathare Assn., a recreational, educational and life skill-building resource center for the thousands of children who live there.
NEWS
April 1, 2001
Young Chang Ed Shoemaker opened up the paper Tuesday morning and felt closer to a piece of international news. "Dormitory Fire Kills 58 Teens in Kenya" the L.A. Times headline read. Another story quoted anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey. Shoemaker and his wife Margaret had heard Leakey's son Mike speak during their three week trip to South Africa and other northern countries in Africa earlier this month. Their vacation, which included a four-day safari and a cruise aboard the Pacific Princess, has helped the Corona del Mar couple better visualize and understand the news they hear about far-away places on the African continent.
NEWS
By: GREER WYLDER | September 22, 2005
Zulugrass is a unique line of handmade jewelry from Kenya, now available locally at some boutiques including Shopgirls on East 17th Street in Costa Mesa, and Sole Comfort in Corona del Mar Plaza. Former Newport Beach resident Katy Leakey and her husband Philip Leakey -- the son of world-famous paleo-anthropologists Mary and Louis Leakey, whose research and discoveries of early man in Kenya and Tanzania are legendary -- helped create Zulugrass. The couple, who live in the Kenya bush, founded the Leakey Collection to give local Maasai women a chance to turn their talents and traditions of beading into an opportunity to make a livelihood for their families.
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October 25, 2013
The Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse and girls' soccer teams are working together for a fundraiser and a special screening of the documentary, "Girl Rising," Monday night at the Little Theater at Corona del Mar High School. Kenya Keys, http://www.kenyakeys.org , is an organization that provides educational opportunities where there are none. The project uses 100% of donations to go to the cause, the website says. "Girl Rising," is a documentary that chronicles the lives of nine girls who battle great adversity to gain education.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | May 2, 2013
Jene Meece got involved with Kenya on a whim. In 2006, the Newport Beach resident read a news story about Father Henry Simaro, head of the African Child Foundation, visiting the United States to raise money for Fanaka Primary School, in the Kenyan town of Athi River. Now, Meece works alongside Simaro as the executive director of Cradle to Career: Kenya, and she's seen results. To date, the nonprofit has sent hundreds of girls through middle school, and it's looking to build a dormitory at Mt. Olive Academy, also located in Athi River, that will house 200 more.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | September 8, 2012
A Costa Mesa woman and her brother washed cars Saturday with hopes of helping those less fortunate than them. Brittany Adams, 28, along with her brother Patrick Forte, 23, held the car wash and raised $483 toward their three-week trip to Kenya with Habitat for Humanity. "I'm just really excited for the trip," Adams said. "It's something [Patrick and I] have never done before. I'm excited to help out some really amazing people and see something different. " Forte agreed. "It's all about giving something back and taking on a new experience," he said.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | April 24, 2009
Newport Beach resident Jene Meece has worked so hard helping to raise money to build a new school for some of the poorest children in Kenya that she wants to help build part of it now. “I just feel I have to get my hands on it and experience it myself,” she said. Meece helped to raise $400,000 for the Newport Beach-based charity African Child Fund to start construction on a new school for children who live in slums outside of Nairobi, Kenya. The group hopes to raise $1.4 million to complete the school.
NEWS
September 26, 2008
The “Safari of Hope” fundraiser Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, which sought to raise $150,000 to help build a private girls’ middle school in Kenya, more than doubled its expected proceeds, co-organizer Jene Meece said. Meece, the vice chairwoman of the Newport Beach nonprofit African Child Fund, said the event garnered more than $400,000. African Child Fund, which members of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach founded three years ago, supports the African Child Foundation, a Kenyan charity that builds and operates private schools for underprivileged children.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | September 19, 2008
Father Henry Simaro was 6 when Irish missionaries drove into his blighted village in Kenya and offered him a chance to go to boarding school. Over the ensuing years, he excelled at every level of school, attended college and eventually went to USC on a scholarship. When he returned to his home country, he found it much the same as when he left it: Millions of children living in ramshackle slums, AIDS and violence taking lives by the day, girls forced to gather firewood at home while their brothers went to boarding school.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | July 22, 2007
COSTA MESA — It's a moment that always astonishes the crowd. Juma Mwasahani sets up a limbo bar in the middle of the stage, wriggles under it twice, then lowers the bar to barely a foot off the ground. As the audience claps in unison, the acrobat flattens his back to the carpet and slowly pushes himself to the other side. It's a stunt that might exhaust even a seasoned performer, but Mwasahani, the leader of the Mapapa African Acrobats, performs it four times a day. The troupe, which hails from Kenya and has performed around the world, puts on shows every afternoon and evening in the Fair Square at the Orange County Fair.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | June 13, 2007
Cameron Allen of Newport Beach can't go anywhere without talking about soccer, but it's not simply because she's an enthusiastic AYSO mom. In addition to the occasional bragging about her 8-year-old daughter Kimberlee's achievements in the sport, Allen is telling everyone she knows about youth soccer teams thousands of miles away in Mathare Valley, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. She is collecting used soccer uniforms and equipment for the Mathare Assn., a recreational, educational and life skill-building resource center for the thousands of children who live there.
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