Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls 2018

You are invited to attend the 3rd annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper held on March 16, 2018, 5:30-8:30 p.m, at Harrisonburg High School (1001 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA). 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 be 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. Tickets are $35 per person for a soup meal and pottery bowl of your choice; $10 per person for a soup meal only; or, consider sponsoring a table.

We are looking for sponsors, interested in supporting a good cause, while also spreading the word about their business or organization. There are several levels of sponsorship (level names are in the native Maa language):

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

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

“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.

Select the type of ticket you would like below. Show your paypal receipt (either on your phone or printed out) the day of the event. Thank you so much for supporting the girls at Nasaruni!


Empty Bowls 2018 goal is to raise $15,000 for a
new kitchen and cooking supplies!


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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