Kenny Garrett Jazz Benefit Concert presented by the Pastoralist Child Foundation.
Join Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist and composer Kenny Garrett at his benefit concert for the Pastoralist Child Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting communities and promoting girls’ education in Maasai Mara and Samburu, Kenya.


Sunday, November 4 at 3PM
South Orange Performing Arts Center (Sopac)
One SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ 07079

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Kenny Garrett

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned 40 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation.

From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra upon graduating from McKenzie High School in Detroit through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, and as the last saxophonist in legendary trumpeter Miles Davis’s band from 1987-1991, Kenny has always brought a vigorous yet melodic and truly distinctive alto saxophone sound to each musical situation.

From collaborating with the New Jersey symphony on Adagio For Strings to mixing it up with hip-hop legend GURU on his Jazzmatazz projects to rockin’ out with Sting and Peter Gabriel, Kenny brings a muscular yet lyrical eloquence to everything he does. As a bandleader for the last three decades, he has continually grown as a composer, resulting in eight Grammy Award nominations.

Kenny’s quintet will have you dancing to the fan favorites “Happy People” and “Do Your Dance!”
You will leave the concert happy and exhilarated!

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With funding from Women Like Us Foundation, PCF held its very first Girls’ Empowerment Workshop in Narok County!

Girls' Empowerment Workshop in Narok County

Sixty-eight (68) girls ages 8-17 attended the 4-day workshop in April to learn about the harmful effects of FGM, child marriage, teen pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), HIV/AIDS/STD’s, child rights, gender-based violence, self-awareness, self-confidence, sanitation, and the importance of formal education.

The girls were given the Kenya FGM-Hotline number ( 0770 610505) to report suspected or known incidents of FGM.

Girls' Empowerment Workshop in Narok County

During leisure time the girls jumped rope, played soccer and volleyball, made friends, sang songs, and talked about their dreams for bright futures.

Narok girl skipping

In Narok County, a predominantly Maasai area, only one in 15 girls enrolled in primary school proceeds to secondary school.
Girls’ transition rates to university are even less common: 2.4 percent in Trans Mara West and 1 percent in Narok North.


 

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With funding from Wallace Global Fund we held a 2-day Youth Empowerment Workshop in January, 2018 at SIDEP in Wamba, East Samburu Sub-county.
Many girls in this area are denied education which, in the long run, denies them opportunities to make economic strides that will save them and their families from harmful cultural practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced early marriage.

Wamba Youth Workshop - January 2018
It is therefore important to change the narrative of the Samburu youth by involving young people, our future leaders, in empowerment workshops to discuss solutions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Youth are the key drivers of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Wamba Youth Workshop - January 2018
Therefore, young people in Samburu County have before them the opportunity to make choices and decisions that will shape the future of their communities.


 

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Thanks to funding from Wallace Global Fund, PCF held a Women’s Empowerment Workshop at SIDEP Hall in Wamba, Samburu East Sub-County on March 5, 2018.

Empowerment Workshop in Wamba

Members of 7 local women’s groups and representatives from the local Ministry of Social Services and Gender attended.
The curriculum focused on reducing and ultimately abandoning female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.

Empowerment Workshop in Wamba

The women participants will become change agents in their respective villages with the responsibility of sensitizing all stakeholders.
The women whole-heartedly agree that Alternative Rites of Passage are the best way to end FGM.


 

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Celebrate with us!
Feast on delicious food and drinks, hear the inspiring story about how PCF was founded, bid on fantastic silent and live auction items, see a live Samburu & Maasai tribal dance and we’ll even teach you the steps.
Auction items include a saxophone from a GRAMMY Award winning musician/composer, signed guitar from legendary musician Carlos Santana, tickets to a Jazz at Lincoln Center concert including a backstage meet & greet with Wynton Marsalis, signed photo of George Harrison by Gered Mankowitz, a premium auction item from The New York Giants, membership to the MoMA, a personal tour of the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, plus lifestyle baskets, jewelry, art…and more!

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