Child Actor and budding philanthropist Jonathan Morgan Heit is about to turn the ripe old age of eleven years old. But rather than throw a big bash, the young star, who is known for his roles in Bedtime Stories, Valentine's Day and Date Night has just launched a campaign to raise at least $11,000 for kids in Kenya.
Inspired by his Aunt, Lauren Segal-Avenna the founder and Executive Director of NextAid, and her dedication to improving the lives of children in Africa, Jonathan set out on his own campaign to do good. He's headed to Kenya next month to meet the kids at the Kawangware Vision Centre, a community based youth driven business started 9 years ago to get youth off the streets.
Kids at the Kawangware Vision Centre make custom silkscreened gift bags out of recycled paper and have sold to over 130 companies around Kenya. Currently they are operating out of a rented facility in the slums. They are now being trained in ecological construction and are building a new facility on their own piece of land on the outskirts of the slum.
Jonathan will also meet kids at the Red Rhino Orphanage outside of Nairobi, the Nyumbani Children’s Village in the hills outside of Kitui, and the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy in Kenya’s most notorious slum. These are the projects that have inspired NextAid and will soon inspire Jonathan and his fans as he reports back on this journey. For more information and to donate to Jonathan's Kids for Kenya fund, check out http://www.crowdrise.com/JonathanHeit.