The seventh annual Taste of East Africa took place on Saturday, October 8, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Over 100 people came to Harmony School, 909 E. 2nd Street, Bloomington, IN 47401, for this family-friendly benefit.

On the buffet table guests found an array of tasty dishes not usually found in restaurants: maandazi and fresh fruit, veggie and meat Sambusas (Samosas), kachumbari salad, collard greens, kidney beans and coconut milk, chapatti and baklava.

National flags and traditional kangas decked the walls. Michael Edwards served as MC. At various times, Jeff Holderman played lively songs from The Essential East Africa Collection on a DVD.

Betty Diamini-Cannady entertained with singing and dancing and the audience learned new dance moves then joined the fun! Billy Giles and other volunteers showed pictures of educational projects, Tanzanian people, wildlife and scenery. Displayed on the silent auction tables were many items brought from Africa, including artwork, jewelry and clothing.

We wish to thank all volunteers, sponsors and donors. Special thanks go to African Portfolio Safari Specialists, IU Global Village, Anatolia Restaurant, 10th Street Market, Harmony School, Comfort Keepers, 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 yeark, so donations to KILEO are always welcome (see Donate section). Early in 2017, we'll start planning for the next Taste. To volunteer your time and energy, contact Billy Giles by Email billy.giles1130@comcast.net