The Sixth Annual Taste of East Africa
On October 20, 2015, dozens of people gathered at Harmony School, 909 East 2nd Street, Bloomington, IN 47401 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. This year, proceeds from the buffet dinner and silent auction helped support several educational projects in East Africa. They include Huruma School, Mwanza, Tanzania, which helps support and educate children with disabilities. Barjomot Scholarship Foundation, to help children from Borjomot, Tanzania, attend secondary school. And the ZOP/Between the Islands Education Scholarships to educate orphaned children. This year, station WFHB was the media co-sponsor.
During this benefit/party, the Kenya Music group played, guests bid on folk art in a silent auction, and Bernard Woma and his Africa music group played traditional music, sang songs and danced. After appetizers of maandazi and fresh fruit, diners chose from an array of East African foods on long buffet tables. KILEO board members spoke briefly about various educational projects and the grateful students who benfit from these educational projects. Each year, they send heart-warming notes of thanks for the help they receive, which might be scholarships, maps and textbooks, or help with school uniforms and fees.
The Bloomington-based KILEO group wants to thank everyone who helped with Taste of East Africa this year. The efforts of many dedicated volunteers--working behind the scenes--made this event possible.
Huruma Chapter of KILEO Held First Annual Fundraiser
Taste of Tanzania took place on February 8, 2015, at St. Edward Church, 10990 NW 313th Ave., North Plains, OR 97133. The event raised funds for Huruma Special Unit, a school for disabled children in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Portland area supporters developed a menu of special Tanzanian foods for an exotic buffet dinner. Dramatic entertainment had everyone singing and dancing to rousing African music. A silent auction displayed Tanzanian handicrafts and offered a guided visit to the school next spring. The founder of the Mwanza school, Bertha Haas, now lives in Cornelius, Oregon.
After the Taste of Tanzania, Bertha wrote “To the many people who joined in to attend to all the details . . .I offer my most sincere gratitude. By the end of the evening, enough had been raised to fund staff salaries at Huruma for 12 months! What a boost to the Huruma budget! May God bless everyone who contributed in any way.”
Learn more about Huruma Special
Unit on Facebook, on You Tube, and
at the project's page
Call Bertha Haas (503) 758-1651 for more information.
5th Annual Taste of East Africa
There were the subtle aromas of coconut and curry, earthy colors in the art work, and the energizing beat of hand drums. The Taste of East Africa featured African food, art, music, and dance. Bernard Woma and his African music group entertained (www.bernardwoma.com ). During the silent auction, guests purchased batiks, kangas, jewelry, and other art flown in from Africa.
This family-friendly party, sponsored by KILEO, took place Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Harmony School, 909 E. 2nd Street, Bloomington, IN 47401. The proceeds help to support education in East Africa, including Between the Islands Education Scholarship (BIES) and Barjomot Scholarship Foundation. Asanta sana to everyone who helped make this a success!