Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls — postponed until Fall 2020.

The Empty Bowls planning committee has decided in the best interest of our community health, to postpone Empty Bowls Soup Supper until the fall. However, we cannot postpone the building of a high school. Girls will still graduate this November and have no place to go. So, we are excitedly working to find new ways to support the building of the high school. Please consider giving online (risk-free/germ-free). We are grateful for any donation, large and small. CLICK HERE to donate.

For those who have already purchased tickets, please simply email if you would like a refund. Otherwise, to avoid paying fees, we will carry over those tickets for the Empty Bowls fall event. Email: nasaruniacademy@gmail.com

Empty Bowls 2020 – Harrisonburg

Join us for the 5th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner to raise funds for the NEW Nasaruni High School!

Evening Events: dinner, silent auction of Gift Baskets with gift certificates from local businesses and merchandise for every different interest. Maasai market featuring handmade jewelry and arts and crafts directly from the women of Kenya. T-shirts, and more!

Tickets: $35 for dinner and your choice of a handcrafted artisan bowl (or $20 for dinner only.) Children ages 0-5 free. We will have children’s activities so that your children will get a taste of Africa and have fun!… Children ages 6 – 12 $5 each (dinner only).

Location: Harrisonburg High School, 1001 Garbers Church Rd Harrisonburg, Virginia

Purpose: The Maasai girls at Nasaruni Academy in Narok, Kenya have benefited greatly from your generosity over the years. It’s time to build a HIGH SCHOOL! We need your help–girls have graduated, and we need a high school where they can continue their education in a nurturing environment that supports their culture and encourages them to pursue their dreams!
For more information:

Contact Michelle Cude at cudemd@jmu.edu or call (540) 405-9563

Harrisonburg community stands together to touch girls in need on the other side of the globe by feeding their minds, bodies, and souls. All proceeds will go toward completing Nasaruni’s new HIGH SCHOOL dormitory to give the chance for girls to complete their secondary education. Nasaruni Academy for Maasai Girls is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls to escape poverty through education. For more information, follow us on Facebook, or check back to this page on our website.

Directions to Harrisonburg HS:  Harrisonburg High School (1001 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg VA
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Follow up on Empty Bowls 2019
A huge ASANTE SANA (thank you) to all the attendees, donors & sponsors that made Empty Bowls 2019 a success!
For those of you that were not able to make it but still want to be a part of the change, follow this link to see how you can be!
https://www.mightycause.com/story/Gzoi5f

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Follow up on Empty Bowls 2018

New Kitchen!

Nasaruni benefitted from your generous donations of $14,500! That’s astronomical – thank you so much! A kitchen, connected to the dining hall, now provides meals for 130 students, teachers, and staff. Funds were also used to outfit the kitchen with boilers. There was enough left to purchase one dairy cow to contribute nutritious milk for the children’s chai.

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Follow up on Empty Bowls 2017

New Dining Hall!

Thanks to your efforts, we raised over $9,000!  Students of Nasaruni now eat their lentils & ugali sitting in a large dining hall! This is vital now that the dormitory is nearly full. Not only will it serve students and staff, but also the whole community. Parents will also participate through meetings and parent education nights focusing on the mission of Nasaruni, health, nutrition & hygiene instruction, and cultural presentations by the students.

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Follow up on Empty Bowls, 2016!

Students at Nasaruni Academy are thriving thanks to the generous efforts of potters, local restaurants, and many others at Empty Bowls, April, 2016!  Proceeds about $4,500 were used to help drill and install the well in order to provide clean and constant drinking water source for the school!  Thank you to all who came out to support us!

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