I met twenty-one-year-old Zitah Jimoi a few years ago while working in Kenya, right before I began to work for Apogee’s philanthropic arm. Zitah was nineteen at the time. I met her while visiting a few NGOs in Kibera, the most populated informal settlement in East Africa. Zitah had just been awarded the title of “Miss Kibera,” an honor she received after giving a speech about what she believes can be done within Kibera to address some of the community’s most pressing needs. The slums of Kibera, just five kilometers southwest of the City Center, Nairobi, are home to more than one fourth of Nairobi’s population, over one million people.
On September 1st following Hurricane Harvey we posted this image and a notice to all of our customers who were affected by Harvey that we would repair or replace their Apogee product if damaged. Shortly after posting the image Lance Lawson contacted us letting us know the man in the image was Aric Brian Harding, a friend of his. Aric is a Worship Arts Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in Houston, Texas. Lance connected us and Aric and he told us the story behind the photo/video which had gone viral.
A couple of years ago, Rancho de Los Niños orphanage was in danger of closing down due to the lack of funding to properly care for the children. Jorge and Ely Fonseca, who were both raised in the orphanage, took on the challenge of running the orphanage and becoming the new directors.
Apogee Electronics Supports Wheels for Humanity in Cuba
Last Thursday, with Apogee’s help, we donated 140 wheelchairs to Cuba. I’m almost speechless by what occurred and I want to share with you some photos from that beautiful day.
In June, Apogee received a letter from Kathryn Santa, Senior Pediatric Physical Therapist at P.S. 37 alerting us that a Donors Choose page was set up by her associate, Senior Occupational Therapist Mr. David Clarke to help raise funds for a special swing frame for students with disabilities.
Supporting continuing education for teens aging out of the orphanage system is an important program for Corazon de Vida, as it provides them with the opportunity to create a better future for themselves, their families and their community.
As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the well-being of our local and global communities, Apogee has been a contributor to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Apogee’s contributions have directly assisted UCLA in successfully launching new programs for elderly and complex patients and helped to further their efforts in educating the next generation of healthcare providers who look after them.