Monday, April 18, 2011

Kwero 2011 Update


We just celebrated our big annual fundraiser for Project Hope Worldwide (PHWW), called Kwero, this past Friday night. After nine long months of planning, it was so neat to see it come to fruition. Amazingly, and all thanks goes to God, we were able to bring in $107,161, exceeding our "far-fetched to our humanly pea-sized brain" goal of $100,000. As my husband said, "You know God's hand was on it when a bunch of goofs like us can pull off something so big." What's so neat is that 100% of the profits will go directly towards building five new homes for 40 orphans at Calo Me Lare in Lira, Uganda.

Here's a few pics from Kwero that I took. (We had a photographer take some, too. I'll add hers later after she posts them.)

These are pictures of the Silent Auction area and the Crystal Ballroom where dinner was served and the program took place...


My two girls and one of their friends crocheted a beautiful blanket for the silent auction. We were so excited to find out it sold for $375! Here's a pic of them finishing the last touches on the blanket...


And here they are at Kwero...





Kwero's not actually an event for children, but the girls have raised quite a bit of money for PHWW and since they spent so much time crocheting the blanket (close to 75 hours!), we thought we'd let them attend this year. They had so much fun and really enjoyed meeting people and telling them about their blanket and their ministry, Girly Me Missions.

The entertainment was provided by Grady Nichols and Arthur Thompson who both put on an AmAzInG show! They are so uniquely talented and it was really neat to see them collaborate together and put on such a fantastic program.

We showed this video about the work PHWW does in Lira, Uganda. (This was filmed while I was there this past December.)


I love to watch that video and the others that were made during our trip. Such great memories and good reminders that our work for PHWW is not in vain. It's so neat to see so many people excited about what they are doing half a world away - helping the neediest children in Uganda. And Calo Me Lare would not be the same if it weren't for the amazing work of their two administrators, Tony and Dennis.


Dennis is the man responsible for going out into the remote villages in northern Uganda and finding the neediest orphans to live at Calo Me Lare. He actually got to fly in to Tulsa this last week and was the guest speaker at Kwero this year. I so enjoyed getting to know Dennis when I went to Uganda. Our team worked with him on a daily basis as he took us to the villages and introduced us to the children that would be living at the orphanage. He is one of the most sweet and upstanding men I have ever met in my life. He has an amazing testimony and such a huge heart for helping others. I just love that man!


So when I found out that Dennis was flying here, the girls begged me to take them to meet him at the airport. They've seen videos of Dennis and heard me talk about him so they loved him before they even met him! They were so excited to greet him at the airport (with his favorite food in hand - red licorice and beef jerky)...


This is a picture of what my sweet hubby won for me in the Silent Auction. It's a picture of one of the orphans, named Tracy, that was created by Roberta Smith with Art Community for Christ. It has a special place in my heart because I was with my friend, Kelley Compton, when we rescued Tracy from a bad situation. We took care of her for a day then turned her over to a loving family who was able to provide for her until Calo Me Lare opened last February. You can see pics of her rescue and read about her story here.

And here's a special thank you from the children at Calo Me Lare...


So, all in all, Kwero 2011 was a huge success - again all thanks to God (and the help of lots of great volunteers). We get to "rest" for about three months then we'll start planning for Kwero 2012. Can't wait to see what's in store for next year!

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

It's so great to hear about KWERO, I'm so sad we couldn't go again. YOU raised so much money....AWESOME. God was directing you and Steve in your KWERO work. Love you both so much and so proud of you!

Kati said...

CHRISTY!

So happy to hear it went so GREAT! Look at that great blanket, so awesome! So very happy to hear it went well!