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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.!
2014 Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge
Wed, November 12, 2014, 6:00 PM CST
Room 1520

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Yesterday we, along with many other women and girl focused organizations, participated in +The Guardian's chat on the best ways to advocate for women and girls worldwide.   #dayofthegirl  
The call to put girls at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda sounds great, but how does it work in practice? Share you thoughts, October 10 at 1pm BST
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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. 
Beyond the Classroom: An holistic approach to girls' education
Fri, October 10, 2014, 11:00 AM
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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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Our response to #Westgate  tragedy:  We must continue to protect the rights of #refugees, especially women and girls.  Our hearts are with #Kenya.
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heshima, n. (Swahili). respect; honor; dignity
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Heshima Kenya specializes in identifying and protecting unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth, especially girls, young women and their children living in Nairobi, Kenya. Our shelter, education and community outreach services, coupled with local resources and the refugee community, empower this population to live healthy lives.  By providing resources for long-term support, these girls and young women become catalysts for strengthening networks creating sustainable change within the local and global communities.
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Since 2008, over 365 unaccompanied and separated girls, young women, and babies have been identified and protected through our programs.
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Women's Refugee Commission
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Advocating laws, policies and programs to imporve the lives and protect the rights of refugee women and children

WBEZ
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Chicago Public Media

Half the Sky Movement
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The book calling for solutions to empower women and girls helps launch a movement. A PBS documentary in October. Mobile games. A Facebook game. Mini-films with charitable organizations. Inspired individuals like you!