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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Kenya Schools Fund Needs You (And our Solstice Party does too)

It's the Building Hope Holiday Happy Hour!
Wednesday, Dec 21    5:30 - 7:30  p.m.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 107 W. 6th St. Austin
$5 wine and cocktails/half-price appetizers
Turk will be signing the beautiful new book/dvd of Building Hope
Books are also available online at  - a meaningful and beautiful Christmas present that supports our work.

In the past year, we've worked at schools across rural Kenya to build new classrooms, water systems, libraries and computer labs. Your support has provided real hope and opportunity for 3,000 students at the Amboni, Bondeni, Daaba, Honi, Mahiga and Mugaka Schools.

There is more work to be done. To make a tax-deductible year-end gift to fill the following needs, please go to

Library and Computer Labs at the Amboni, Kabiruini or Irbaan schools
$5,000 - build a library or a computer lab (with extra thanks to AMD and Lenovo)
$250 - a shelf full of library books 
$25 - 3 library books including classics in English and Kiswahili

Rainwater System and Classroom at the Mutaki School
$10,000 - build a rainwater collection and purification system
$5,000 - build a new classroom (using bricks made by the parents)

Textbooks for Daaba, Mugaka and Mahiga Schools
$25 - textbooks for two students              
$500 - textbooks for a classroom/grade

Mosquito Nets to prevent malaria at the Talek School
$10 - a life-saving mosquito net for one student sleeping in the dorm      
$100 - nets for ten students 

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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.