BENEFITING: AFRICAN CHILDRENS HAVEN
African Childrens Haven
Across the ancient Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, people are listening to the music of one of their own. Her name is Dorcas Karei and she is one of just a handful of Masai women to have their own music career. Five years ago, Dorcas was an outcast. Because she refused to marry a wealthy man four times her age she was forced to run away from her family and seek shelter at a safe house. Today, she's not only grown up, she's safe and has graduated from school (schooling for Masai girls is the exception rather than the rule). Last year, Dorcas recorded her first CD, and while her music was widely broadcast, she earned very little from its release. Her second album will be recorded in December and this time she's know what she needs to do become a commercial success. To move forward she needs $1000 to hire backup singers, rent a recording studio, and produce CDs. Her plan, she says, is to share the money she earns with the folks who run the safe house so she can help girls just like herself.