I received a small grant by Foodbuzz.com’ s 24 X 24 program. Every month the site gives 24 food bloggers $250 to organize some sort of dinner party or food event, and all the events take place on the same day of the month. I wrote a proposal to host a dinner fundraiser for Women to Women International, an organization that helps women in war torn countries rebuild their lives, and their families. I was delighted to win, but then just had two weeks to organize!
I spent yesterday afternoon cooking a humble Congolese meal (with a little Egyptian thrown in) and then some lovely folks came out to eat and make a donation. Some other lovely folks, who couldn’t make it to the dinner, donated to my Firstgiving site online, and all together we raised over $1000. Awesome! It was a great night.
pictured above and below are: peri-peri muffins, a spicy, buttery, peanut-y muffin popular in West Africa; Kushari, an Egyptian dish of rice, macaroni, lentils, tomato sauce and fried onions; Collard Greens, popular across Africa (and, of course, the Southern US); Congo Moambe, a peanut butter and tomato with nutmeg, chili, garlic and onions served over rice.
Since 1993, Women for Women International has directly assisted more than 153,000 women and approximately 655,000 family members have benefited from its programs. Women for Women International has distributed nearly $42 million in direct aid and microcredit loans since 1993. If you want to learn more about Women for Women International, and how you can get involved, see their website at: http://www.womenforwomen.org/.