Just before the holidays we invited our friends and neighbours to an informal benefit dinner. The response was amazing! We are so grateful to all who came to the dinner and to those friends who could not come, yet made such kind donations! And of course to the Monasterios Club for their understanding when we surpassed the number of guests.
After our trip to Zambia last October (post yet to come!) our fellow passengers, Eric Berman, María Franch and Carlos Sala were so enthusiastic they convinced us to organize a benefit dinner to share what they had learned about the Mambwe area in Zambia and the different projects we visited and are involved with.
The Benefit Dinner began early in the day with a shop at Los Monasterios Club. We sold beautiful bags, towels and decorations most made by our Livingstone volunteers. It was a bustling morning, and we were kept busy with enthusiastic customers!
Our dinner began promptly at 9:00 and we kicked off with a very informative speech by Eric Berman. He gave everyone a clear picture of the situation in Zambia, letting our guests understand just why help is needed.
Take a look at our guests below:
And everyone responded enthusiastically, buying donation gift cards that go towards fresh, clean water for remote areas and packs of reusable menstrual pads so that girls do not lose a week of school every month (which results in these young women having to leave school at a very young age).
The two main of the objectives of the dinner were to raise money for a new well that would make fresh, clean water more accessible and closer to people’s homes and to provide the girls at Kapita School with a set of reusable sanitary napkins, so they are not obliged to miss one week of class every month due to menstruation. To this end, we created cards by which our guests could donate clean water for one person throughout their lives or donate a set of reusable hygiene pads. People responded with great enthusiasm buying these gift cards.
Thank you to all our guests who purchased the vouchers because with your donations we have been able to purchase sanitary pads for the girls at Kapita who have reached puberty AND we are happy to announce that we have also raised enough funds to drill a new well in an extremely remote, rural area The Los Monasterios Well!
Ree told a bit of the history of Livingstone Foundation and explained some of our projects. It has been four years and we have grown from helping one school to working with several different charities in the Mfuwe area of Zambia, hopefully contributing to improving the lives and futures of many of the local families.
We were grateful to see so many of our friends and neighbors at the dinner! Thank you for your support, it means a lot to our foundation and to those we help in Zambia. And of course, what would a benefit dinner be without a raffle?
Laura and her friends worked their magic and sold many tickets and the raffle began!
Tessie and Sonia kept the audience on edge as they waited for the next number and the next prize…
We had a special young helper, Lola. She rustled those papers around so there was no chance of any foul play!
And the prizes began to come forward…..
The raffle ended with much laughter and joy!
Neil is offering tickets to be able to join the band and sing! “Buy your chance to become the next rock and roll artist! Or buy your way out of an embarrassing moment with the microphone with a WILL NOT SING ticket.”
Thank you to Los Imprevisibles who finished off the night with their irresistible Rock and Roll.
And THANK YOU to the club at Los Monasterios and their team. Thank you to our sponsors who support our projects and those who donated gifts to the raffle:
With all your generous donations the foundation collected 5,500€ (approximately $6,300)! Enough for one well in one of the villages further away and to cover sanitary pads for the girls at Kapita School.
And let us remember the children and communities in the South Luangwa area of Zambia! This was not only an enjoyable evening for our friends and neighbours; this dinner was organized to help others less fortunate than ourselves.