Virtual World Avatars Feed Children in Kenya
A German woman who declares herself “computer challenged” is now raising money to feed children in Kenya via live music concerts in Second Life. Musicians play for free and donate their tips to the cause. Second Life residents who attend the concerts also provide additional donations. A 100 Linden donation (the Second Life currency, equivalent to about 30 cents U.S. currency) provides a warm lunch for a child. The organization, Live and Learn in Kenya (LLK), has been using Second Life as a fundraising venue for their “Feed a Smile” program since 2010.
This inspiring 5 minute video illustrates some cool concepts:
- When there’s a will, even people who are “computer-challenged” can find a way to use innovative digital tools to change lives
- The potential of virtual worlds for social good
- The generous, vibrant Live Music community in Second Life, including glimpses into how musicians play from their homes and perform live in SL
- And of course, the wonderful story of how LLK is using Second Life to feed children in Kenya. It brought tears (good ones!) to my eyes…I love this stuff.
In the video, the CEO of Live and Learn in Kenya reports that donations raised in Second Life provide for 1/3 of the warm lunches they serve every month — that means that Second Life residents are feeding 133 children out of the 400 a day served by LLK. Musicians play for free and donate their tips to the cause. If you’re a Second Life resident and would like to visit Lavender Field, the club where the Feed a Smile program occurs, here’s the SLURL.
Thanks to Sail Wozniak’s blog post that introduced me to the video.