Vancouver Sun - June 2021
Virtual tour takes viewers into the lives of Kenyan schoolgirls
For this year’s virtual fundraiser, One Girl Can is taking it to the streets.
After scrambling to present an online event last year following the COVID-related cancellation of a Commodore Ballroom fundraiser, the charity is streaming a virtual tour of Kibera, a slum — or “informal settlement” — in Nairobi.
“We decided to make this an immersive donor experience, and take people into the homes of some of the girls we support,” One Girl Can founder Lotte Davis said. “This way, people can see where they live, and how — to walk with them around a corner in the dusk and feel the sense of danger and dysfunction that is in the slums.”
“I think we’ve done something very different with BE in Kenya,” Davis said. “We’re trying to make people feel like this is what’s happening here. We want you to see and feel it for yourself so you’ll understand how important it is.”