LINDON, UT--(Marketwire - July 09, 2010) - Each evening during the World Cup, the remote village of Kilifi, Kenya is lit up by a giant inflatable Open Air Cinema movie screen. Hundreds of villagers watch the World Cup games as they are beamed in by satellite as part of a special educational event called Kenya Field of Dreams (http://kenyafieldofdreams.wordpress.com/).
Kenya Field of Dreams is supported by a non-profit organization in Kenya called Moving the Goalposts (MTG) http://www.mtgk.org/, which uses soccer and other innovative programs to educate girls and young women, helping them to fulfill their potential both on and off the field. The event is designed to instruct villagers, specifically the local girls, about technologies and empower them to share their stories and expand their horizons.
During the day, girls from several schools around the area attend workshops at the MTG Centre to learn how to use the Internet and receive other skills training.
Stuart Farmer, founder of Open Air Cinema (www.openaircinema.us), went to Kenya to train some of the female footballers from MTG on how to use the outdoor cinema system.
"This village in eastern Kenya is so remote, the people don't even have access to television," Farmer said. "Thanks to the generous support of Google, which is donating the outdoor cinema equipment to MTG, the people have had an educational and entertaining experience that will not end when the World Cup finals are over. With these newly trained young technicians in Kenya, the outdoor cinema system will benefit Kilifi and the surrounding community for years to come."
Open Air Cinema has been instrumental in bringing outdoor cinema to communities throughout Africa including Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa and more.