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    Thanking the Asili Community

    DAY 42

    A Celebration

    The villages in eastern Congo where Asili has grown roots have done so much to welcome, support, and invest in Asili’s success. Community leaders in those villages have been friends of Asili since the beginning, making it possible for our businesses to thrive. They’re working side by side with us to change the narrative in eastern Congo from one of conflict and tragedy to a future filled with hope. Put simply – Asili would not be possible without them.

    So on Day 42, we decided to show our deep appreciation for everything these communities have done for us – we decided to throw a party.


    Just like Asili, this party was a representation of forces joined together – this time in celebration. Not only were we celebrating the communities who have done so much to help make Asili happen, local leadership honored us as well, thanking the team for investing in their towns.

    Country Director Abraham Leno – Asili’s leader – was honored by the King of Kabare, who is the traditional king of the region. He bestowed Abraham with the honor of Mukubuzi, “The One Who Brings All Together,” for his leadership with Asili and in eastern Congo.


    Family and friends of the Asili team, local leaders, and the community shared food and drink – and some singing and dancing, too.


    “Even the queen danced with the staff!” said Mama Salome, one of Asili’s all-star team members, referring to the King of Kabare’s wife.


    Sometimes it’s important to take a moment to celebrate – and to reflect – together. We’ve come a long way with Asili, and there’s still much to do. But we know that with this community by our side, the sky is the limit. Anything is possible.

    Tomorrow, we’re moving across the ocean and closer to home. We’ll see how small impacts can make a huge difference for refugees – right in our own backyards.

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