In October 2017, we hosted our third annual event at Central Cinema, where we focused on how EKARI works to instill a sense of hope and self-empowerment in our beneficiaries so that they feel capable of living independent of aid. Entitled Growing Minds: Building Independence, it featured comedic skits from Linguni Hope for the Youth Organization that demonstrated how EKARI doesn’t solve problems for our beneficiaries, but works with them.
It was a wonderful afternoon. We had interactive displays about the daily life of a Malawian, delicious appetizers, and gave away numerous prize packages including a B&B package for 2 to Todos Santos. We recruited new student sponsors, and nearly reached our fundraising goal for the event! If you would still like to contribute, please donate today!
In May 2016, we returned to Central Cinema to celebrate sustainable livelihoods! Elias joined us from Malawi again to share information about our Community Programs. Kouyate Arts gave our guests a feel of our beneficiaries’ culture through African music and dance. We gave away a trip for 2 to Africa as well as beer and coffee/dessert packages.
We sold out, recruited several new student sponsors, gained new Empowering Grace Giving Circle members, and nearly reached our fundraising goal for our community programs!
In May 2015, EKARI hosted our first large annual event at Central Cinema in Seattle, Washington. Elias Makina, our In-Country Director, flew in from Malawi and was our guest speaker. We screened the documentary I Am Because We Are. Elias provided a first hand account of our 3 Meals a Day Program and how the program has impacted the lives of the students we support.