On February 18th, we came together to celebrate 10 years of the Niteo Africa Society and raise money to establish the 11th Literacy Centre in East Africa. Niteo is a volunteer based, grassroots charity in Kelowna BC. They collect recycled books from local homes, schools and libraries to be packed into a shipping container. This container is shipped to a deserving community in Uganda or the South Sudan. Once arrived, the container is fitted with doors, windows and shelving, it becomes their community library! The majority of the books will stay at the literacy center, while others will be distributed to children and schools. Niteo's mandate is to provide quality education for all children and to help break the cycle of poverty with literacy.
The Stone Soup Gala was held at Sandhill Winery where guests experienced food prepared by the Okanagan Chefs Association. Teams of chefs created a canape sized dish inspired by famous literature. Each guest got to pick a clay pottery bowl made by local potter Marijanel Knight with Bowls of Hope. This was their plate for the evening and then a memento to keep from the event. With sponsorship, a silent auction and ticket sales we were able to raise the money needed to establish the 11th Literacy Centre in 2017.