The Gift of Storytelling
Orphans Africa (OA) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charitable organization that began in 2007 with the coming together of three ordinary people whose desire was to build peace between nations by providing assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
In early September, Orphans Africa’s co-founder, Liza de Guzman traveled to Kansas City to visit with long time friends. While there, Shar Terry hosted an open-house brunch/OA fundraiser for Liza at her home. Friends from school, church, and work were invited to come catch up with Liza and hear about her experiences with Orphans Africa.
Shar researched online and found recipes for some tasty Tanzanian treats. Those, along with a few American favorites, resulted in an educational and impressive spread of delicious foods that tempted her guests’ palates. Shar’s son helped by inviting his American 3rd grade classmates to donate stickers to share with children halfway around the world.
As images of bright-eyed African children cycled on the TV screen, Liza shared moving stories of her volunteer work with Orphans Africa in Tanzania. Each food station also included information and photos that explained the progress as well as the ongoing needs at OA schools. Guests at the open house were given opportunities to make donations to OA, and send words of encouragement and stickers to the school children.
The open-house brunch was a fun way to catch up with old friends, increase awareness of the needs of orphans and raise a bit of cash for a great cause. If you have been searching for a simple way to help OA, just gather your friends around your dining table for a meal and share the OA story.
-Report and photos submitted by Gayle Pucci, Overland Park, KS.