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Heshima Kenya
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heshima, n. (Swahili). respect; honor; dignity
heshima, n. (Swahili). respect; honor; dignity

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CitizenTV interview for #DAC2015

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Heshima Kenya is the first and only organization of its kind in Kenya serving the most vulnerable of the world's refugees - unaccompanied and separated refugee women and girls. The 2014 Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge will be held on November 12th, 2014 at Room 1520 in the West Loop. Five designers, including Meredith Banzhoff, Modahnik, Borris Powell, Lagi Nadeau, and Katelyn Pankoke will participate in the "Project Runway" inspired competition, which will be emceed by Windy City LIVE co-host Val Warner and judged by members of Chicago's Fashion Community, including Dawn Bonasera Global Store Director, Louis Vuitton -The Magnificant Mile Chicago.

In early November, competing designers will receive two Maisha Collective scarves chosen at random, and will have two weeks to design one original women's look and one accessory. Looks will be judged based on originality, wearability, demonstration of designer personality, and construction quality.

The event will celebrate and support refugee girls and young women in Nairobi, highlighting their work in the Maisha Collective, Heshima Kenya's income-generating project in which they produce the unique, hand-dyed scarves that will be featured in competition.

Doors open at 6pm and the Fashion show will begin at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $75 until Oct. 12, $95 after and $100 at the door: www.HK2014FashionChallenge.eventbrite.com

Many thanks to our social media sponsor Arka Pana Consulting, Fashion Director Souk of Styled by Souk, Pure Kitchen Catering and Fig Media, Inc.!

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Proud to be a partner in Tuesday's event! #dayofthegirl
To celebrate the International Day of the Girl 2014, join three of DFW's girl-focused programs to talk about the need for an holistic approach to education. We'll talk with Maggie Doyne, founder of BlinkNow; Robin Woodland, communications director of the Nepal Youth Foundation; and Alissa Roadcup, executive director of Heshima Kenya. 

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We serve nearly 100 meals to #refugee  girls and their children in Nairobi every day. Most girls who live with foster families don't eat breakfast so we make certain they receive a nutritious breakfast & lunch at our Girls' Empowerment Project site when they come for school.  http://www.heshimakenya.org/gep.php
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