Supporting the IKSDP Kenyan schools project in Second Life

Harambee Xmas Charity Market

Currently running through until January 6th, 2019 is the Harambee Xmas Charity Market, raising funds for the  IKSDP (Italian Kenyan Scout Development Project) Kenyan Schools project, operating in Gwassi region in south-western Kenya, around Lake Victoria.

Harambee is Swahili for “working together”, and can often be used as a cry when people are working in concert together. It has been chosen as the embodiment for the Harambee project Gwass-Kenya in recognition of the way the project is bringing together volunteers from beyond Kenya with local people working on a series of projects to benefit the people of the Gwassi region.

Operated by the IKSDP since 1983, the work is to promote community self-development among the local population through a range of practical self-help projects in an area covering some 200,000 square kilometres and encapsulating around 50,000 people, the majority of whom are Lou, relying on pastoral herding, farming and fishing. Specific work for the project has included water supply and irrigation facilities, medical field trials for disease treatment and medical dispensaries, and on improving education among the young. This latter work has involved the construction and development of a teacher training college and the development of new schools in the region.

The Harambee Xmas Charity Market in Second Life is aimed towards helping to raise money for the schools project, and features a cross-region venue, offering both the tropical warmth typical of Kenya and the snowy delights usually expected of a Christmas market.

Designers and creators participating in the event include: *AAP* Angel’s Art Pose; *ASIA* FASHION; [in] sanity; {.Gross Princess.} & *Tori-Tastic*; 3D Republic; Anastyle; Cassandra Couture & Gallery’s Happy; Celestial Designs; Dimi’s; EdizioniVolando; Droxene; Face Paint; Fantasy China; …:::: GIULIADESIGN made in italy:::…; Gundam Park; Hair Sale; ‘Harambee Gwassi-Kenay Charity shop’; Kastle Rock Couture and Mirage Treasure Co.; Lamu Fashion Exclusive Italian Style; Manna Benoir; Scarpenia; She_Avi; *Sour Pickles*; Style 4 Woman; Sweet Intoxication; TMT Texture Me True; and Verastyle.

Participating artists comprise: CioTToLiNa Xue; Desy Magic; Maddy (magda.schmidtzau) and Solkide Auer.

As well as the creators and artists, the event features hunts and entertainment (as detailed in the calendar below.

So, even if you are feeling a little shopped-out, why not hop over to the Harambee Xmas Charity Market and help out a good cause.

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