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This Celebrity-Fueled Auction Event Is Restoring A School In Kenya

Sam MacKinnon | March 1, 2021 | Lifestyle

Eco-fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow and LA institution The Church Boutique have teamed up on a collaborative project called "Art for Education" to raise money for the Chema Vision Center, a school in Nairobi, Kenya that offers high-quality education to underprivileged youth.

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This year, The Church Boutique and Ministry of Tomorrow will launch the inaugural "Art for Education'' auction event with the support of 10 A-list celebrities including Halle Berry and Maggie Q, who will contribute personal designs on canvas tote bags to be auctioned off to raise money for the Chema Vision Center. Their designs will support the education of more than 150 underprivileged children, many of whom are orphans or are raised by single parents. The school experienced a major financial setback in 2019, when the Kenya Ministry of Education ordered all education institutions that were not in compliance with governmental safety guidelines to shut down.

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With the help of The Church Boutique and MOT, the school was able to reopen in a safe and secure location, but further funds are still critical for the school's success. This auction event will provide security to these vulnerable children in a time when they most need it. Celebrities that have already signed on to the event include Usher, Lenny Kravitz, Bette Midler, Evan Ross, Zoe Kravitz and more who will be announced in coming months. Madonna, through her Ray of Light foundation, is a supporter of Chema, and the Dalai Lama Center has recently agreed to be a sponsor of the school and participate in the event.

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The Church Boutique will display the one-of-a-kind designs at their location on Melrose Avenue starting April 1, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Chema Vision Center. Offering both high fashion and support to an amazing cause, this partnership will produce a meaningful impact for everyone involved.



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Photography by: Courtesy of Ministry of Tomorrow