Good Dirt LA will be hosting its first annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday, December 17. This will be a meditative and simple event where attendees may pick a beautiful handmade bowl made by a local potter, make a donation to feed undernourished children in Ghana, and enjoy soup donated by our favorite family co-op Rainbow Acres. All proceeds will be donated to FARE International.
Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to combat hunger in communities worldwide. The movement was started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a student project to help feed the hungry in their community. Ceramic bowls were made for a fundraising meal and guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. Since that time, hundreds of Empty Bowls projects have raised millions of dollars to feed the hungry around the world.
“We are delighted that Good Dirt LA is hosting its inaugural Empty Bowls event to support our work in Ghana, West Africa. Malnutrition is an underlying cause of death for over 3 million children each year worldwide, which can lead severe developmental issues, increased susceptibility to common diseases, and even death. We work to combat malnutrition by treating undernourished children and providing access to quality food and water for communities in need. We are extremely grateful for the support from the Good Dirt LA community and look forward to this exciting event,” said Amanda Gailey, Founder of FARE International.
FARE International was started by Amanda Gailey, a public health graduate student who saw the effects of undernutrition on young children firsthand while living in Southwestern Uganda. During her time working in a local nutrition clinic, she met a three-year-old boy named Nasasira who was being treated for severe acute malnutrition, a form of undernutrition caused by a lack of protein and vitamins in his diet. Because of this, Nasasira was very small for his age, his muscles were wasting away and he had lost his ability to walk and talk. Over the course of three weeks of nutrition therapy, Nasasira went from a very sick child to a happy, playful, typical three year old boy. Without that life saving therapy, Nasasira may have died. The mission of FARE International is to provide the same life saving therapy to children suffering from malnutrition in Ghana, West Africa.
Good Dirt LA is a new pottery studio in Los Angeles owned by Lina Alvarez Amanda’s former college roommate. At the University of Georgia, Amanda and Lina shared their love for teaching, simple living, rivers, their dogs, nature, and helping others. As soon as Lina found out that Amanda was raising money for her upcoming trip to Ghana in January she decided to join the tradition of Empty Bowls.
“Every single teacher and student at Good Dirt LA that I had the opportunity to get to know at a personal level has made me realize that humanity has hope. That the world has more hearts full of love and willingness to help than we might realize. I’m not sure if this has a connection to the sensitivity of being an artist but I knew they would be willing to jump on board and collaborate with this project. Since my first email regarding Empty Bowls the support has come non stop. They all have volunteered their time and skills to throw, trim, and make bowls. Good Dirt LA’s community is like magic. Not because I own the studio. I promise. It has become part of everyone’s extended family,” said Lina Alvarez, Owner of Good Dirt LA.
Join this local community on Saturday, December 17, 2016, from 4:30pm to 9pm at 4505 S Centinela Avenue, LA CA 90066. For more details and to RSVP visit Good Dirt LA’s Facebook Event. If you don’t have Facebook please email us asap at [email protected] to RSVP.
FARE International is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity and 100% of donations are tax-deductible. Our projects aim to reduce child malnutrition, improve food production for needy households, increase access to clean water and build capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. For more information visit our website http://www.fareinternational.org/ or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fareinternational/.