Celebrity-painted tote bags auctioned to benefit Kenyan school

Several celebrities have painted tote bags which are auctioned off in support of the Chema Vision Children’s Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The auction ends tomorrow.

Luxury art and fashion retailer in Los Angeles Church shop and eco-fashion house Ministry of tomorrow (MOT) has partnered with Christie’s and its charity online auction partner CharityBuzz produce Art for education in support of school in Africa’s largest slum.

The auction bags were painted by Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz, Usher, Lionel Richie, Bria Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Maggie Q, Evan Ross, Raquel Bitton, Paris Jackson, Lee Daniels, David Banda , Ashlee Simpson and others.

The objects are on display to the public at Christie’s in Manhattan throughout the auction as well as on the Art for Education web page.

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Chema to help finance its operating budget. The goal of raising US $ 100,000.

A tote painted by Laurie Lynn Stark, designer of jewelry and clothing brand Chrome Hearts, had attracted 22 auctions and a maximum price of US $ 3,275 on June 15 at 7 p.m. Madonna’s bag was the most popular of those painted by celebrities, attracting 16 bids topping out at $ 1,760 so far.

Chema School was established to provide quality education to some of the most vulnerable children in Kibera, a huge slum in Nairobi. More than 185,000 people live in Kibera, which suffers from inadequate housing, overcrowding, poor sanitation and poverty. Many Chema students are orphans or children of single parents with no income to pay school fees.

Just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chema was forced to move because the structure of her building did not comply with the code. MOT, a social enterprise that designs and produces eco-friendly luxury vegan bags and accessories that are sold directly to consumers online, has a vegan bag production factory located near the school.

MOT President Julian Prolman heard about Chema’s predicament and orchestrated a fundraiser that moved the school to a safe building.

Chema, however, lacks funds to pay her teachers and cover her operating expenses, which include providing a daily meal for students.

Church Boutique founders Rodney Burns and David Malvaney were invited to get involved and agreed to join MOT to co-produce an art auction to help raise funds for Chema.

Together, they reached out to their famous friends to ask them to paint their artistic expressions on MOT’s new organic canvas tote bags, which would be auctioned online through CharityBuzz.

“Chema is a Swahili word that means something good, and that’s what we’re trying to do with Art for Education,” Prolman said in a press release.

“We believe luxury is a privilege that comes with the responsibility to care for others in need and so we are thrilled to partner with MOT to do what we can to make a difference in the lives of children born. under difficult circumstances, ”Burns said. in the output.

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