emezza: a meal with friends


In Uganda, the hospitality you receive is unlike any other experience. You learn that community is built and thrives on practices of hospitality. It is a common practice to invite friends, and their friends, into your home and after a warm embrace and greetings are exchanged, everyone is offered a seat at the table where a meal is shared and friendships are celebrated. This table is not just a centerpiece for gathering, it acts as a means to break the plane of intimacy, to celebrate the bonds of community with an open heart, and to help everyone know that they belong. 

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After countless banana leaf bowls have been passed around with heaping piles of matooke, chicken, chapati, and the harvest from the garden, you’ve lost track of time. In just a couple of hours of sharing stories and laughter, you transition from guest to trusted friend. Raise the Roof Academy families believe inviting friends to a meal is the utmost expression of true friendship and strengthening community. It is in this spirit that we invite friends of Raise the Roof Academy to join us for Emezza.  


Emezza, meaning “table” in Luganda, is an experience we share with close friends around a meal with lots of stories and laughter. The Emezza gathering is designed for friends to connect in the name of children who, though they live miles away from us, are close in our hearts. Through Emezza, we inspire compassionate action. We introduce our friends in the US to children in Uganda who want to be in relationship with people who believe every child in the world deserves access to opportunities that unlock potential. 

RTRA believes in giving children a strong foundation to build their lives on, and it is with this conviction that we invite you to join Emezza. As an Emezza host, you get to choose what you want your Emezza to look like and when you want to have it. It can be any time of the year, a major event such as a birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary or a day of international recognition, such as Women’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, Nurse Appreciation, World Malaria Day or Water Day. You can do it with your book club, Sunday school class, or small group. Simply invite 10 or more of your friends to join you for a meal at your house or favorite restaurant. 

We will walk alongside you through these easy steps:

  1. Call to get all the details you’ll need and order your Emezza kit.
  2. Schedule your Emezza date and begin inviting 10 or more friends.
  3. Pick a RTRA Spotlight Project that you and your friends care about to create your meal theme. When you raise support for a Spotlight Project through Emezza, we will celebrate milestones with you and your friends and share updates from start to finish.

To request your Emezza kit submit the form below. Thank you for being a champion for students of Raise the Roof Academy through hosting Emezza! For more information, contact us at 615-686-9085 or info@raisetheroofacademy.org.  


Interested in hosting Emezza? request your kit below:

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