Every year KILEO hosts its annual Taste of East Africa fund-raising dinner in early October at Harmony School, 909 E. 2nd Street, Bloomington, IN 4740.  September 14, 2019 is the date for this year's Taste.  Festivities will begin at 6:00 PM. 

This family-friendly event features a buffet table with an array of tasty dishes not usually found in restaurants, such as maandazi and fresh fruit, veggie and meat Sambusas (Samosas), kachumbari salad, East African beef stew, rice pilau, collard greens, kidney beans and coconut milk, chapatti and baklava.

National flags and traditional kangas deck the walls, and this year Simon Pierre Munyaneza will serve as MC, with East African music as a background.

For the past several years, Betty Diamini-Cannady, an African language instructor at IU,  entertained with singing and dancing and attendees  learned new dance moves, joining the fun!  Other Board members talked about the ways KILEO is helping in East Africa and showed pictures of educational projects, wildlife and scenery.  The silent auction tables feature many hand-crafted items  from East Africa, including artwork, jewelry and clothing.

Every year it takes a village of volunteers, sponsors and donors to host this special event.  Contributors in the past have included African Portfolio Safari Specialists and Comfort Keepers who have given generously to our cause and also IU Global Village, Anatolia Restaurant, 10th Street Market, Harmony School, African Studies Program, Samira Restaurant, Sahara Mart, and the Ndanyi family.

All proceeds go to benefit education in East Africa (see Projects page). Those who benefit from these projects need help throughout the year, so donations to KILEO are always welcome (see Donate section).  To volunteer your time and energy, contact Billy Giles at: billy.giles1130@comcast.net.