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The 11th annual Kageno Harambee Gala will be held on Monday, November 10th at Capitale in New York City from 6 PM to 9:30 PM.
At this year’s gala, Kageno will honor Robin Renzi, designer and CEO of Me&Ro, for her undying dedication to the communities we serve. Celebrating its twenty-third year, Me&Ro is a Designer jewelry company in NYC known for its original designs using recycled metals and conflict free stones. In 2009 the Kageno unity bracelet was created in which 100 percent of the net proceeds directly benefit the charity. The bracelet is available for purchase at the Me&Ro website and the New York store located at 241 Elizabeth Street..
The gala will also feature Dr. Amy Vedder, who along with her husband Bill, pioneered the gorilla tourism program in Rwanda as a way to protect them and their habitat. Drena DeNiro will discuss her on-going efforts with Kageno’s Child Sponsorship Program.
The Harambee will include dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions. The live auction items include a vacation in Tuscany at the Ferragamo medieval villa, Il Borro, dinner for four at Rao’s and New York Giants tickets.
Gianni Russo, the wonderful and talented actor of Godfather fame, will be the auctioneer for the evening and teen pop duo Jack and Eliza will be performing songs from their debut EP. The MC is Stuart Moulton, the producing artistic director of the Austin Cabaret Theatre, who has performed with a bevy of Broadway’s brightest stars.
Kageno's MISSION is to transform impoverished communities into places of opportunity and hope – through the development of self-sustaining community directed programs in Education, Health, Ventures (Income Generation), and Environment. We believe it is essential to sustainable development to work with the community rather than giving simple aid or handouts.
Kageno identifies ravaged communities suffering from impoverishment, AIDS, genocide and limited access to healthcare, clean water, and education. Working with local leaders to identify needs, we help villages build schools, health centers, pharmacies, and sanitation and clean water systems and develop programs to help them protect their fragile environments. We then build community centers with learning tools and internet access, identify training programs that support our efforts to build local economies. For example, on Rusinga Island in Kenya, we taught women crafts-making skills and distributed microloans to replace prostitution. In Banda Village, Rwanda, we are in the process of building an eco-lodge for tourists that will be staffed by individuals from the community which support many of our other initiatives.
Through the generous support of our donors, our Rusinga Island project has experienced significant improvements in health, nutrition, education, and income generation. Many of our programs have reached a place of self sustainability, and we are in the process of transitioning control of these programs to the community. We will continue to support the few programs that have continuing need.
Moving forward we are focusing our efforts in developing the Kageno project in Banda Village, Rwanda. By supporting Kageno, you directly affect the lives of people living in these communities, giving them hope and opportunity. Kageno's interventions give the community the ability to develop skills and start new businesses, create jobs, invest in their environment, control the spread of infectious diseases and ultimately live better, healthier lives.
We are hopeful that you will continue to support our efforts in helping impoverished communities become places of opportunity and hope. As always, thank you for your support and kindness.