Monday, December 17, 2012

One World Chorus and Cura Orphanage Together Again!

 When Portland-based SOCK-It To Me donated overstocked socks to benefit One World Chorus, Aaron and Diedre thought immediately of the kids in Cura...

And decided to sell them on a one-for-one basis. For every pair of socks purchased to benefit One World Chorus, they will send one pair to Cura with me! The kids will have the most colorful feet in Kenya!

The One World Chorus kids were eager to look at pictures of the Cura kids -- to put a face to the voices they've been hearing on the Welcome to the Village cd.

Many thanks to all the One World Chorus and other Lake Oswego parents who came out last night to kick off the holiday season so generously!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Concert in Lake Oswego on Sunday Night!

I'll be speaking on behalf of Cura Orphanage at this Sunday's One World Chorus holiday concert!

Please join us if you can... at 7pm on 16 December at the Mountain Park Recreation Center
(2 Mount Jefferson Terrace) in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Tickets will be available at the door, or you can purchase them here!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Holiday Card

Here are our happy holiday wishes from the group of students who made and sold our "I love Cura" bracelets so we can purchase goal posts and other extra-curricular support items on my next visit. Some of these students are also pen pals. Thank you, Mary, for directing their holiday generosity our way!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cura Orphanage Media Day

Today I found Cura Orphanage mentioned in not one, but two media outlets! True, the one in the Huffington Post is a result of my own blogging efforts, but still.

The other I found because of a fortuitous-in-retrospect trip to the dentist... I hadn't been able to locate a copy of December's Town & Country at any of my local magazine sellers, but there it was, on the side table in the lobby. Most of the other patients were reading People, but here's what caught my eye:

Those of you who have been to Cura will not only recognize the reference to our outgoing and no-fuss Carol, but also many of the other children featured in the photos. Mercy and Bethwell are featured as "girl" and "boy," respectively... looking great, as always!

Many thanks to GenArt and to Ballantines for this incredible exposure!

New Trampoline!

Volunteer Amanda has taught the kids how to play "popcorn" on their new trampoline... such fun!!

The kids hurried to finish their lunches when the parts arrived, and they all pitched in to put it together. Thanks to everyone -- especially Yassi and Lilly -- who made this all happen!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Last Maasai Warriors

Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana joined us on Sunday night, as part of their US tour to represent Free the Children and to promote their book: The Last Maasai Warriors. Their next stop? A visit with the Seattle Seahawks -- Pete Carroll got his photo with them on Instagram!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Safari Nights Report to Come...

If you were there, you already know how much the Third Annual Safari Nights event rocked. Stay tuned for a full update -- and for a full photo album on our Facebook page! None of the members of our Safari Nights Family (Cura Orphanage, Creative Visions Foundation, Henson Studios) can stop smiling today... but we do need to catch up on some sleep! More very soon.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Stage is Set in Studio A

The stage is both literally and figuratively set for tonight's Safari Nights event... If you' won't be there, I Feel For You. (Get it? That's a Chaka Khan reference.)


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Almost Ready for Safari Nights

We started setting up today at Henson Studios... it's gonna be AMAZING, everyone! Chaka Khan and her band, along with Wendy and Lisa and The Goods -- incredible talent for an incredible cause. Come see what we have for sale to support the kids in Cura, and to contribute to the successful launch of Cura Secondary School's first academic year!