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Nelly Furtado: The Road To Kisaruni

In News on September 7, 2011 at 11:02 am
Grammy Award winner and sensational pop star Nelly Furtado joins non-profit volunteer arts organization Artbound on their first project to build Free The Children’s first all girls secondary school in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya.

From a press release:
Grammy and Juno Award winning pop star Nelly Furtado joins non-profit volunteer arts organization Artbound on their first assignment to build Free The Children’s first all girls secondary school in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. Nelly Furtado: The Road to Kisaruni chronicles Furtado’s life changing experience in Kenya and airs Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m. EDT on CTV (check CTV.ca for local listings).
The path to education is not an easy one in this part of the world. In the Maasai Mara high tuition costs mean that less than five percent of girls will attend high school and only one girl a year will then move on to university. The girls, as their mothers know, are the leaders of tomorrow and educating them is a top priority.
“I know that this school represents something magical,” said Furtado in the documentary. “It’s kind of a pioneer project in a way because it’s the first school of its kind in the area and that’s very special.”
Nelly Furtado: The Road to Kisaruni introduces Furtado and viewers to the 40 girls admitted to the school and also to Susan, the girl who was number one on the waiting list. Vibrant, hopeful, eager and bright, Susan dreams of being a doctor; her meeting with Furtado delivers anunexpected connection and Furtado is genuinely touched by her strength and desire to learn. Through Furtado’s personal experience, her candid commentary, and genuine heart break, she shares with viewers a story about hope, and uses music as a common denominator between cultures and the strength of women as they champion their families and work for change for their daughters.
“It was just extraordinary to be in Kenya and to meet all the people and to share music and celebrate art,” said Furtado. “I’m completely changed and really excited about the future. It’s made me want to try harder as a woman, as a person, as a mother and as a citizen of the world.”
Nelly Furtado: The Road to Kisaruni is produced by CTV and narrated by Nelly Furtado. Karen Barzilay is the Executive Producer. Bongo is Director of Photography. Concept by Shayna Haddon. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, CTV. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming & Sports.
(via Bell Media
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