Wednesday, May 7, 2014

14+ Foundation and Solange Team Up to Advance Education in Africa

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Singer and songwriter Solange is flanked by event hosts Darlene and Lizzy Okpo
at the “Brooklyn for Africa” benefit party.

NEW YORK – The 14+ Foundation held its “Brooklyn for Africa” benefit party on Sunday, May 4th at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. All proceeds from the event will be used to support an educational fund established for disadvantaged young women in Zambia, Africa. The event was also a celebration of a newly established partnership between singer/songwriter Solange and the NYC-based foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to develop, build and operate schools for children in underserved communities in Africa, including their Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia.

Co-founders Joseph Mizzi and Nchimunya Wulf shared, “Solange brings a strong passion and a deep understanding of the importance of education within Africa today. We are extremely excited about working with Solange as a 14+ Foundation Ambassador and partner to advance and achieve educational initiatives and programs. This partnership will have an immense and long-term impact on the lives of countless children in Africa.”

The event was co-hosted by Solange, Darlene Okpo, Lizzy Okpo, Jacky Tang, Sharifa Murdock and Alice Wang along with 14+ Foundation’s co-founders.  Nail artist Naomi Yasuda provided complimentary manicures and Brooklyn-based Bek Andersen donated her portrait photography services.

Solange stated, “For the last few years I have worked closely on a number of projects that advance water aid, hunger, and education.  These are the three things that I believe should be birth rights for every child, and should never, ever, be considered to be a privilege. Last November, I was really moved to learn about the wonderful plans for 14 + Foundation’s Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia, and quickly asked how I could help and contribute.  14 +’s shared passion for empowering children with education and knowledge started a partnership that I am forever grateful for.”

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Press release/Photo credit: Bek Andersen

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