The Nobelity Blog is a running series of reports on the film and education work of The Nobelity Project (, including reports from our partner project Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya, and numerous other school projects from our Kenya Schools Fund. The blog also includes reports on our films, including the recent SXSW Audience Award winner, Building Hope, and on our advocacy for specific issues related to a more sustainable and just world for children everywhere.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Help Build Mahiga Hope High School!

Our work at St. Joseph Mahiga Primary School in rural Kenya has already resulted in clean drinking water and electricity, a computer lab and new classrooms. Enrollment is up and water-borne illnesses are down. Mahiga Primary is now the highest rated school in the district!

A solid primary school is good, but education shouldn't end at the 8th grade.

With no secondary school, a complete education for 700 kids depends upon The Nobelity Project's commitment to build Mahiga Hope High School. The Education District for the area has committed to operate this school but has no money to build it. That’s where we come in. These kids are ready and eager to learn. Let's open the door on a better future for them and their community!

Nike and Architecture for Humanity join the team!

Nike has announced our Rainwater Court as winner of the international GameChangers design competition. Architecture for Humanity will oversee construction of the world's first "net-positive" basketball court that will also collect and purify drinking water for the school, serve as an outdoor classroom, a community meeting space and more. This is a great beginning, but to build the rest of the high school we need your help.

The Willie Challenge!  To build twelve classrooms, a library, and computer and science labs

Willie Nelson is  lending his hand to our efforts. Take the Willie Challenge and make a tax-deductible contribution to make this wonderful school a reality!

• Every $100 donation receives a copy of Turk and Willie's NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, signed by Turk

• Every $500 donation receives a copy of The Tao of Willie signed by Willie too!

• Every $5,000 donation receives signed book AND your name on the door of a classroom!

Click here to make a donation today!

Or mail your donation to:

The Nobelity Project    P.O. Box 161925     Austin, TX  78716

And the Screening News:

One Peace At A Time wins the Audience Award at the Maui Film Festival!

It was a magical evening in Maui with Willie receiving the Maverick Award and singing to the crowd before the movie.

We also had a great premiere in Nairobi, and memorable screening at the World Economic Forum in Geneva!

One Peace is screening in September at the North South International Film Forum at the United Nations in Geneva!

Stay tuned at for more news on many more screenings to come.

About Me

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People know me from different things I've done, and often seem to remember me from whatever I was doing when our paths first crossed. If you first saw me on television with Harry Anderson or doing stand-up comedy, you may be disappointed in my current level of funny. On the other hand, if you first saw me as that idiot narcoleptic guy in The Sopranos, I could really use a nap, so I'm still playing that part well. The last few years have been occupied by making three feature docs, Nobelity, One Peace at a Time, and Building Hope. All three were produced by our education and action nonprofit, The Nobelity Project ( I've also written ten books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently the NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, co-authored with the very awesome Willie Nelson.