Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls 2019

The Empty Bowls Soup Supper raises poverty and hunger awareness and benefits Nasaruni Academy, a nonprofit school that empowers Maasai girls in Narok, Kenya, through a values-based education. Their goal is to provide a safe haven for girls who face a dismal outlook without an opportunity to attend school. Currently, Nasaruni reaches approximately 150 girls and their families, allowing them to gain life skills, consistent meals, and hope for a better future. Tickets are $35 each and include a bowl handmade from clay, wood, and similar food-safe materials by a local artisan, as well as a delicious soup meal donated by area restaurants. A Silent Auction and Maasai Market will be onsite that night. All proceeds go directly to benefit the children at Nasaruni.

Empty Bowls 2018

The 3rd annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper was held on March 16, 2018, 5:30-8:30 p.m, at Harrisonburg High School (1001 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA). Participants were able to enjoy a delicious soup meal, take home an artisan bowl handmade by local potters as a memento, shop our Maasai Fair-trade Market and Silent Auction, and were a part of this community-endeavor to raise money and awareness to alleviate hunger in the poverty-stricken, Maasai community of Narok, Kenya. All proceeds raised at this Empty Bowls Soup Supper will help primary-aged children at Nasaruni (which provides a values-based education for girls accustomed to FGM and early marriage) to eat nutritious meals by completing their kitchen facility, estimated to cost $15,000. 

The final tally is coming, but we can report that we are very close to having met our goal!

A hearty thank you to our sponsors who are listed below! Please follow the links provided to learn more about how these organizations work in our community.

“Olchere” (Friend) Level: $150 = Advertising at event and 2 tickets for dinner and bowls

Mercy House

Valley Health – Page Memorial Hospital

Shenandoah Energy Services

“Enkanyit” (Respect) Level: $300 = Advertisements on social media and at event, as well as 4 tickets for dinner and bowls.

Woodstock Brewhouse

“Oloishiru Nkera” (Helper of the Children) Level: $600 or more = sponsor advertisements on social media and at event, as well as reserved seating for 6 at a round table for your ticket holders. Your table is decorated and prominently displays your group’s name. Your group enjoys an insulated pitcher of chai, a cheese & fruit tray, an array of artisan bread, and cupcakes.

Endless Horizons

Camp Horizons


The Church of the Incarnation

Thank you so much for supporting the girls at Nasaruni!

Existing Kitchen (Shortfalls)

Current temporary kitchen at Nasaruni Academy

 – Built with corrugated metal pieces (not structurally sound)
– Detached from the dining hall, children have to carry food from outside into dining hall
– Currently cook on charcoal cooker inside (unhealthy conditions)
– No pantry for safer food storage; no sink for cleaning after meals

Future Kitchen Plans

– Increase capacity to handle the increasing enrollment
– Purchase gas/electric cooking equipment (better air quality)
– Environmentally conscious and sustainable (decrease deforestation)
– Kitchen will be attached to dining hall to facilitate smoother distribution of meals

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.

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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