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Documentary Film 'Kiwimbi in Kenya - Opportunity Through Education' Premieres June 12 at MONDO

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Kenyan Students at Kiwimbi Library in Amagoro, Kenya Credits: Nick Patrick Cinematography
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Kenyan Students Between Classes at Kiwimbi During School Break Credits: Kiwimbi International
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Students Line up for Lunch Outside Under the Mango Tree Credits: Kiwimbi International
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SUMMIT, NJ - Kiwimbi International will debut its documentary "Kiwimbi in Kenya - Opportunity Through Education," at MONDO June 12.

Presented by the Film Society of Summit, and directed by New Jersey cinematographer Nick Patrick, the film tells a compelling story about the people of the rural and impoverished town of Amagoro, located in western Kenya, and the difference that Kiwimbi has made in their lives. 

The 22-minute film evokes the passion and thirst for knowledge of these Kenyan students, and Kiwimbi’s mission to help them toward self-sufficiency through education. Board chair Lynne Rathgeber will host a Q&A following the screening. Tickets are available online at www.smarttix.com or at the door. All proceeds benefit Kiwimbi.

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Kiwimbi International first started its work in Amagoro three years ago after a Kenyan professor from Rutgers University, along with an educational activist and community volunteer, joined forces with a small, but committed board of trustees who share a passion to aid students in Africa who lack the same opportunities as students in the United States.

The board, led by Dr. Olubayi Olubayi, now the executive director of Kiwimbi and Vice Chancellor of the University of East Africa based in Uganda, and chair Lynne Rathgeber, an attorney and resident of Mendham, have created a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the children of Amagoro.

Kiwimbi established the first public library in Busia County, where Amagoro is located, and developed after-school programs to augment the public school education of primarily middle-school-aged students. Today, Kiwimbi offers educational camps during the one-month school break at the end of each of three terms annually, special programs during the school day at several public schools, free and nutritious lunches, teacher-training programs, and adult vocational training programs.

Last summer, as part of Kiwimbi’s annual volunteer cultural service trip, cinematographer Nick Patrick volunteered to film the students, the teachers, and the staff that are part of Kiwimbi’s efforts in Kenya. The result is a stunningly beautiful, and culturally informative, film on life in Kenya for the people of this small town.

Kiwimbi International, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, seeks to build a world where all people are empowered through education to enrich their lives and reach their fullest potential. Founded in 2012, Kiwimbi established a library and community center in Amagoro, Kenya and today serves 200 to 400 people daily. Kiwimbi provides programming to local public schools, after-school classes in math and English, and vocational programs for adults. Learning camps are offered to students during their one-month breaks between terms. To learn more about Kiwimbi, its projects, and volunteer opportunities, visit KiwimbiGlobal.org.

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