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Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers 15th Annual Thanks-Giving Fundraising Dance

We are so pleased to be offering this very special event again this year. Everyone is welcome. Every donation big and small-small is amplified in goodness by the power community in generous action. Please join us as we aim to raise $4000 to fully fund a Posho Mill for the Nakwanga Women’s Group in rural Kenya.


Thursday, November 22, 2018
9:00 -10:15 a.m.
9250 14th Ave. NW Seattle WA 98117 (Ballard)

On Thanksgiving morning, dance and contribute to a woman’s opportunity for economic freedom and independence. Join us as we dance with some of the best percussionists in Seattle to support the Nakwangwa Women Group Posho (corn) Milling Project. The milling project will provide women in rural Kenya with an income and a business that will grow to support their families.

With the funds raised, we will purchase a small locally fabricated electric milling machine from Kitale. They hope to also buy a generator in case of power outages. In addition to grinding maize, the group will start a small buying and selling center where they sell grains and flour.

All donations are tax-deductible and eligible for company matching funds. If you can’t attend, you can donate online at villagevolunteers.org/donate or by sending a check to
Village Volunteers with Wassa Dance on the memo line to
5100 South Dawson St, Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98118.

Contact Lara for event questions.

Here’s a report on last year’s successful project:


Elina at school.

Emelda Naliaka has 7 children. She used to earn small amounts of money gathering firewood and charcoal, and selling it to other people in her village in West Pokot. Every day was a struggle to make enough money so that her children could eat. Her children were not in school because she couldn’t afford the uniforms required, so they sat at home, hungry.

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 That all changed when Emelda joined Khalwenge Women Group’s Posho Mill Project last year. She is not a resident of Khalwenge but West Pokot but she makes sure she is at Khalwenge during their weekly meetings traveling 45 kilometers by matatu (public transport). Now her children have enough to eat, and three of her children are in primary school. With a new business, new skills and savings from the income from the Posho Mill Project, Emelda has big dreams – she wants to build her children a house, something that a year ago seemed impossible. Bringing hope and building dreams is what Common Ground for Africa (CGA) does every year with funding from Wassa Dance, working with women who think a better life for their children is now possible. Emelda told us, “All my children are now getting an education since I have learnt the advantage and importance of education. I see things getting even better now.”

All in all, Posho mills are crucial to the lives of most Kenyans. In the evenings mostly, you will see a long queue of tins or ganny bags full of maize grain or other cereals waiting to be ground. It is mostly women and children who take the grain to the Posho mills for grinding, but sometimes, also men, especially the single ones working in large scale farms, are seen in the queues.

At CGA, we see success every year. By the time women think of new project ideas, their household incomes have more than doubled. They have a savings program and their children are receiving an education and medical care. They can rely on themselves to care for their families, bringing dignity to their everyday lives. Woman by woman, we are building stories of long-lasting success.

What does that look like by the numbers?

  • 153% increase in income
  • 900% increase in savings
  • 50% decline in children going to bed without evening meal
  • 27% increase in girls going to school
  • 321% increase in medical spending
  • 99% of businesses still operating two years after funding

This Christmas season we will be celebrating how CGA is changing lives of women one by one. Our women are not treated as passive beneficiaries of aid, but as active agents in building their own resilience. We focus on dignity and self-reliance with funding from Wassa Dance that is delivered by women themselves. But we need to do more and for us to do this, we need a bigger footprint. We’ve therefore set an audacious goal of reaching 60 more women and 155 girls next year.

With profound gratitude,
Joshua Amwai Machinga


Wassa Dance & Village Volunteers’ 14th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance Fundraiser

Wassa Dance & Village Volunteers’ 14th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Donation is happening and you are invited!

Thursday November 23, 2017
9-10:15 a.m.
Crown Hill Community Building Gym
9250 14th Ave. NW
Seattle WA 98117



This gathering has become a beloved event for many who enjoy community, fun and good works as part of their holiday traditions. As always, the event features some of Seattle’s finest percussionists donating their time for the project. 

This year we will dance to raise money for the Wassa Inua Mama (Uplift Women) Fund from Common Ground for Africa. 

The money we raise will provide seed funding for training for 100 young Kenyan women with no business experience about how to work with money. They will learn about bookkeeping, marketing, and personal savings to prepare them for sustaining and managing their own small businesses which are micro-loaned funds through the group. Part of the project includes building a banda (hut) for meetings, sharing ideas, selling seeds and vegetables. 

All donations are tax-deductible and eligible for company matching funds. If you can’t attend, you can donate online at https://villagevolunteers.org/donate/.

Or send a check to Village Volunteers with Wassa Dance on the memo line to Village Volunteers 5100 South Dawson St. Suite 202 Seattle, WA 98118.