Monthly Archives: August 2012

Graceland Accepted Into Chicago International Social Change Film Festival 2012

Great news! Graceland Girls has been accepted into the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, October 5 – 7, 2012. I’m thrilled. Thanks for all of the ongoing support!

The Energy Concert & Graceland Fundraiser Sept 22

Join Us for The Energy Concert & Maragima to Graceland Fund Raiser: Sept 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock (Boston) The Energy, Co-headlining show with Fairhaven. With special guests: Red Fox Motel, Simone Cardoso. Tickets $14 in advance. $16 at door. A portion of the proceeds from this show will go toward high school tuition for girls in Kenya. The Graceland Girls School is a school for bright and underprivileged girls. It costs $1,500 per year to go [...]

Letters From Our Sponsored Girls at Graceland (formally Maragima girls)

We received two heartfelt letters from the girls we are sponsoring at the Graceland School, Flishia and Caroline.  They express their sincere gratitude for this opportunity to get an education, a privilege they would not otherwise enjoy.  It is a joy to know that they are aware of who their sponsors are and important to us that we keep in touch, and provide them with ongoing encouragement and support. Here are some excerpts from their letters: “I want to thank [...]

Sad News

Dear friends, I have some very sad news to share.  We recently learned that Zipporah’s younger sister Catherine, who would have been a senior this year (form 4) at the Graceland Girls School in Kenya and who is featured in my documentary Graceland Girls, took ill, was hospitalized and passed away rather suddenly just a couple of weeks ago.  We are stunned and saddened by this loss.  Catherine was a sweet, thoughtful, bright and beautiful girl.  In our conversations, she [...]

One year later, the Graceland Girls Perservere

With limited e-mail access in the rural areas of Kenya, I have been communicating with the girls at Graceland through letters.  Recently, I printed off many of the photographs the students took last July during our classes together, and sent them to Nyeri along with additional camera supplies.   Enclosed in the package was a small photo album I put together for Zipporah to bring home of photos I had taken of her family during our lunch in Maragima.  I don’t [...]