Tennis Star Venus Williams Launches Online Drive to Help Kenya’s Girl Child


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World tennis star, Venus Williams has also joined Hollywood actress Connie Nielsen to help residents of Kibera, albeit on a different platform.

The tennis sensation has partnered with an international charity to support girl-child educational initiatives for students in Kibera slums.
In a press statement, Ms Williams said she had launched an online campaign Join My Village (JMV), a charitable partnership between CARE, Merck and General Mills whereby she will contribute Sh2.2 million. Accompanying the contribution from Venus Williams is a challenge to her fans, whom she is calling on to help unlock the Sh2.2 million pledge. When they “Like” JMV content on Facebook, or “re-tweet” JMV content on Twitter, USD1 is unlocked – up to the full pledge by Ms Williams during the two-week campaign.

The campaign aims to raise up to Ksh 6.6 million.

It appears the star has a soft spot for Kenya having already set up a girls secondary school in Machakos county and a tennis training programme for children in Kibera slums.


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