The SXSW Film Fest poster for "Building Hope"
It's been quite a year for Mahiga Hope High School and The Nobelity Project. One year after we broke ground and began construction on the classroom building and the Rainwater Court, the school is open with 135 high schoolers enrolled in grades 9, 10 and 11. That number goes up every month, and we are well on our way to capacity of 350 students.
While we were working with the community to build the school, I've been shooting the Nobelity Project's third feature documentary, Building Hope. We had a World Premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival - and Building Hope won the prestigious Lone Star Audience Award! We also had a Public Premiere at Austin Paramount Theatre, where the response from 700 people in attendance was just phenomenal.
Our 1000 Voices for Hope Global Giving campaign plays a role in Building Hope - just as it did in building the school - and is featured in a segment that explains how we were able to connect a thousand people in the U.S. and an African community working to create a better future for their children.
The film's reviews have been as extraordinary as the audience response.
‘Building Hope is an inspiring documentary that not only builds hope for the youth of Kenya, but also empowers people thousands of miles away to affect change through small yet significant contributions.’ - Slackerwood.com
‘Turk Pipkin traces the building of the Mahiga Hope High in Kenya with the moving Building Hope. The movie concludes with a rousing grand opening of the school.’ - Austin American Statesman
‘Inspirational Red Bull for the humanitarian soul and proof positive that you – yes, you – can help fix our broken world and make a difference in the lives of countless others.’ - The Austin Chronicle
We'd like for all our 1000 Voices for Hope supporters to have an opportunity to see the film. We expect to screen at Austin's new Violet Crown Cinema the first week of June, and hope screenings in other cities will follow. To receive (occasional) updates on the film and Mahiga Hope HIgh School, send an email to: email@example.com
We still have some specific construction to fund at the school - improved fences and security for the kids, more computers for the computer lab, dining room tables and chairs, teacher desks, low tables and benches for the new preschool and laboratory equipment for the Chemistry and Biology Lab.
Thanks for your role in Building Hope. Spread the word, and renew your contribution if you can. We've come so far and are almost to the finish line
Computer Class on the new Dell Computers at Mahiga
Lunch break fun in front of The RainWater Court