The 26-year-old broadcast journalist launched the fundraising bracelets with the University of Miami’s Business School back in July after traveling to shoot a documentary in Tanzania and learning firsthand how malaria kills a child there every 30 seconds.
Kenney herself contracted the deadly disease while filming and it nearly claimed her life.
“I returned home from Africa determined to make a difference after my experience," said Kenney. “As of August we have saved over 400 lives.”
The beaded bracelets are sold online at www.malaikaforLIFE.org as well as in the University of Miami's breezeway and at different events such as tonight’s Funkshion Fashion Week at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach.
Each bracelet costs $10 and is handmade by the women of the Maasai Tribe where malaria is the most prevalent.
So why the name Malaika for her fundraiser project?
Kenney said Malaika means “angel” in Swahili.
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