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Nelly helps build the first all girls secondary school in the Maasai Mara.
Watch the Special on CTV ----> Saturday, September 10 at 7pm ET on CTV
Grammy and Juno Award winning pop star Nelly Furtado joins non-profit volunteer arts organization Artbound on their first assignment to build Free The Children’s first all girls secondary school in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya.
The special introduces Furtado and viewers to the 40 girls admitted to the school and also to Susan, the girl who was number one on the waiting list. Vibrant, hopeful, eager and bright, Susan dreams of being a doctor; her meeting with Furtado delivers an unexpected connection and Furtado is genuinely touched by her strength and desire to learn. Through Furtado’s personal experience, her candid commentary, and genuine heart break, she shares with viewers a story about hope, and uses music as a common denominator between cultures and the strength of women as they champion their families and work for change for their daughters.
“It was just extraordinary to be in Kenya and to meet all the people and to share music and celebrate art,” said Furtado. “I’m completely changed and really excited about the future. It’s made me want to try harder as a woman, as a person, as a mother and as a citizen of the world.”