Co-Founder & Lead Visionary

Makenzie learned about the crisis in Syria as she was studying the country for a project in her 6th grade class. Her heart broke, and she was moved to help the refugees in some way. After hearing her mom give a message at her school about the kids being a “masterpiece," she came home and the idea came together to put the word POIEMA—("masterpiece" in Greek) on shirts, sell them, and give the money away to organizations that are helping Syrian refugees and orphans. Through her idea, we have launched The 11th Initiative, Inc, a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to bring help and hope to anyone who is suffering emotionally, physically, financially and/or spiritually. Engedi is the clothing line that was launched from Makenzie's inspiring idea.