Lufthansa air departed on a sunny Saturday afternoon from Ohare International Airport and I was on the flight bound for a Kenyan photographic safari this past September. CWSS client Chris Gordon organized each detail of the trip from start to finish. We saw baby elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, hippopotamus, crocodiles, jackals, hyena and birds, birds, birds——all of these animals are amazing in their natural habitat and yes, it was very exciting. Especially for this city slicker! I felt as if I was taking a class on Kenyan history and wildlife led by our intrepid guide Patricia Awori and each day I learned more and had unanticipated experiences.




Chris is the talented photographer who generously arranges and installs our CWSS wall display with her canvas wrapped photographs. All of the proceeds are donated to Heshima Kenya.


In Nairobi, we visited Heshima Kenya which is a not for profit supporting refugee women and girls from Rwanda, the Congo,Somalia and the Sudan. The center operates out of a small campus in Nairobi but whose board and headquarters are here in Chicago. We have featured the scarfs made by the women over the past 2 years during the holidays at CWSS and will do so again this year.



The Heshima Kenya scarves will be on display and available for purchase at CWSS from 11/30 to 12/2

Every Maisha Collective scarf is designed and hand-dyed by young refugee artisans in East Africa. 100% of proceeds are reinvested into the Collective and its artisans.

On December 2nd, we will have a representative from Heshima Kenya on location to answer any of your question about the scarves, the Heshima project, and how you can help contribute to such an incredible cause! We hope you will come by and support the Heshima Kenya project and buy a scarf! 

For more information about Heshima Kenya go to