Akech Santa

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As a young girl, Akech Santa was told that women were only meant for motherhood or prostitution and was thus deprived of hope, opportunity and education. Today, Santa is proving the naysayers wrong by supporting herself through her work as a crocheter. She is also using the money to support her children and hopes to use the money she earns to educate them through university.

DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE
“My future dream is to see my children through all levels of school so that they might have bright, successful futures. I would also like to start my own textiles business so that I can continue to have reliable work after I leave the program.”

LOVE DEFINED
“Love comes from within. It cannot be forced and it certainly cannot be bought.”

MESSAGE TO KK intl.
“Thank you to KK intl. and its supporters for the work that they have done in my life. May God bless you abundantly.”


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Previous Thank Yous

Scott Boding

December 29, 2015

Our son absolutely loves the hat you made! He refers to it as his "thinking hat". It's pretty much the only hat he wears. It's so comfortable and soft, and yet at the same time very durable which is good since our son is 5 and not always very gentle. Lovely craftsmanship! Take care and we wish you continued success!

Best regards
Scott

Lisa O'Brien

January 9, 2015

Dear Akech,

My favorite Christmas gift I received this year was a beautiful dark teal beanie that you made! I live in Chicago where the winters are very cold (the high temperature is -25 degrees Fahrenheit today!) so I have been wearing it everyday and have been receiving many compliments! Every time I wear it, I will think of you and your beautiful smile!

Thanks again, I hope you have a great and prosperous year to come!

Love,
Lisa

Krista Smith

January 5, 2015

Hi Akech!

Thank you for my beautiful owl hat, I recieved this as a gift today.!! The craftsmanship and design is truly beautiful. I will wear your beautiful piece of art proudly through this winter!! I wish you many blessings and abundance with all your artistic journey's.

Warm wishes,
Krista Smith
Boston, ma

kacie burger

December 26, 2014

dearest Akech,
I am beyond grateful for the beautiful beanie you handcrafted. I put it on inside out at first, and saw the tag with your name on it sticking out. I didn't see your name, so I assumed it was a nuisance, which I planned to cut off. thankfully, before I cut it, I saw your name and wondered why it was there. I proceeded to look at the label, and visited the Krochet Kids website, where I am now. Akech, your story inspired me immeasurably. my desire is for you to see your children through school so they have a fair chance at succeeding. your definition of love is beautiful, and so are you. I wish you the best of luck through the organization, and am proud of your hard work and dedication to provide for yourself. thank you so much.
kacie

Olivia Axelberd

December 10, 2014

Dear Akech,

Thank you so much for my beautiful scarf! I love it and plan to wear it all the time.

Wishing you all the best,
Olivia

Hadley Rood

November 21, 2014

Thank you so much for my lovely hat! I hardly ever take it off, it's so wonderful. You're such an inspiration.

Tara Dailyn

October 22, 2014

Thank you, Akech! The beanie is absolutely gorgeous and knowing that someone so driven and caring as you made it, makes me that much more proud to wear it.
Many blessings!

- TD

Brittany Curtis

September 4, 2014

I just bought my beanie after moving to Northern California and I absolutely love it. I tried on 5 other beanies in the same store and then I saw this one and instantly loved it I didn't even try it on I just knew it was the onend I wanted. Thank you so much for being such a beautiful person and helping me find the perfect beanie. Stay beautiful and strong.

Frieda Messing

March 12, 2014

I just received the headband you made. Thank you. I love it. Green is my favorite color and I love the greens you chose for it. Good luck with your future plans.

Lindsay

February 11, 2014

Akech Santa,
I am blessed to own one of your products! Sending a special thank you and a hug. You are very talented and may God bless you always!

Madison Montgomery

January 16, 2014

Thank you for the beautiful hat you made for my daughter! She absolutely loves it and models it around the house all the time. I hope you and your children have a wonderful life and that all of your dreams become your reality. You are an incredible woman and if we had more kind and loving people like you in the world, there would be nothing known but love in this world. Thank you!

Kelsey

November 20, 2013

Dear Akech,

My best friend since kindergarten sent me "the Agatha" hat you made for my 21st birthday. We don't live in the same place anymore so it was a wonderful surprise to get a gift in the mail from her that means so much to you and me. The work you're doing for yourself and your children is amazing, and I can only hope to be half as inspiring as you are as I continue to grow.

I will always remember your quote about love when I am struggling to find if it is real or not; love cannot be forced.
I wish you and your children the best of luck and can't wait to purchase more products from you for the ones I love!

Love, Kelsey

Sarah

November 7, 2013

Thank you for the beautiful hat! I absolutely love it! I wish you the best of luck in your future and your children's future!

Love,
Sarah

Angharad

October 28, 2013

I would like to thank you for my hat. It is beautifully done and I LOVE IT. I wish you the best of luck with your children.

Sincerely
Angharad

Cocoa Losito

July 10, 2013

Thank you for my beautiful pink hat! I'm a young single mother. I was raised that women are only meant for serving men, having children and "toys" for men. I broke free of an abusive relationship a few years ago and am working on making a new "healthy" life for my son and I. I'm getting counseling, other help and tools to help us have a brighter future. I never got much education and I want my son to get the schooling he deserves. Someday I hope to go back to school as well. We maybe from different parts of this Earth but our stories are similar. We're not alone. Keep up the great work and stay strong.

Love, Cocoa.

Nina Ivancevic

June 22, 2013

Thank you so much for my stunning hat <3 It is so beautifully made and I can't thank you enough. Every time I wear it I think of you and your talents. I will treasure the hat for a long time and will never forget you <3 I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and I wish you the best for the future <3

Whitney Presswood

May 6, 2013

Thank you for my beautiful green hat! I love it! You are so talented, and I pray you will be abundantly blessed for your efforts and your beautiful heart.

Denette Hadlock

April 4, 2013

Thank you very much for the beautiful green flower headband. My daughter and I love it, and we are going to share it. We appreciate your quality work. We wish you the best!

Beatriz Lopez

March 17, 2013

Thank you so much!!! I love this hat you made and will think of work you put into it every time I wear it. I hope you achieve all the goals you have :)

Darlyne Klages

February 9, 2013

Dear Akech,

Thank you for the beautiful crocheted eyeglass case. I keep it in my purse where it protects my magnifying glasses so that I can see up close. The case will remind me daily of your inspiring story and help me to see greater beauty in our world where we are all connected.

Thoughts & Prayers,
Darlyne

Iris

January 9, 2013

Dear Santa,
thank you for the beautiful crochet hat. It fits so nice and looks great on. You made it in my favourite colour, purple and I love the little flower which gives it a feminine touch. It doesn't typically get too cold here in Victoria on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada but cold enough to enjoy wearing hats throughout the winter months.
Wishing you and your children good health and success. God bless all of you.

Natalie Bykowski

December 29, 2012

Dear Akech

Today is my 23rd Birthday. My close friend sent me the wonderful hat for my birthday. I immediately put it on and it fits so snug and warm. It's also very soft and looks very fashionable and cute. Then I looked at the tag and realized that you made it! This is the coolest hat I've ever owned! I'll cherish it for many years and take good care of it. I'll get lots of use out of it as well, see as I live in cold Wisconsin, where its snowing. I hope the profit you made from this hat will benefit you and your children. You are beautiful and truly a person loved by God!

gina kane

December 26, 2012

Akech Santa-
Thank you so much for making such a beautiful hat! I love it!
You are such an inspiration to women every where, I pray for many blessings for you and your family!!
love,
Gina

Jennifer Ni

December 6, 2012

Dearest Akech,
I wanted to thank you for not only the beautiful hat you provided for me, but also for being such an incredible inspiration to women throughout the world. The strength of a mother is the most powerful thing in the world. I wish you all the best in life, for you and your family. I hope that one day we will cross paths and I can thank you in person.
Hugs from California,
Jennifer

Kevin Higgins

December 2, 2012

Akech, thank you so much for the incredible bowtie. I love it not only for its cool and unique design, but for the care that went into making it, and the way you help your family. I will be wearing it very often, and I will be sure to tell people about you and your work! God bless you and your children! I pray that your dream will be fulfilled and they all complete university.

Much Love, Kevin Higgins

Dana DePasquale

November 28, 2012

Thank you so much for the beautiful head band that you had made for me. It was just what I was looking for and I fell in love with it the minuet I saw it. I'm so grateful that I am able to help you and your family with the purchase of my hat. I am always getting compliments on it and I make it a point to share this site and this program with everyone who asks. The Juliette is truly a beautiful creation I wear it almost every day. Thank you so much again and God bless.

<3 Dana

Cristina Chang

November 24, 2012

Thank you so much for making this wonderful winter hat. I fell in love with it since the moment I saw, but what makes it even more special is that by buying this hat I will be able to help you and your kids. I'm proud to hear that your trying your best to put your kids through college and certainly they will get higher education because of they have such a hardworking mother. Once again thank you so much for such a precious hat.

Diana Reyes

October 14, 2012

Thank you so much for this gorgeous headband, your story is beautiful and inspiring. I wish you and your family lots of love and success.

Cara Berrigan

October 5, 2012

Dear Akech,
Thank you so much for my wonderful blue Waldo beanie! I love it so much! I always feel so happy and warm whenever I wear it, and I literally have not taken it off since I got it! Thank you for the beautiful craftsmanship and the time and love you put into this hat. Thank you and I send my love to you and your family!

Tori Weinstock

September 23, 2012

Santa, I love the hat you made for me! It makes me happy every time I wear it! Thank you for the time you put forth in making it. Your beautiful energy comes through in your picture and in what you create. I wish the best for you and your children. Thank you!

Aimee Schweitzer

September 22, 2012

I am in love with the yellow hat that I just bought! Thank you so much Akech for your beautiful work. :)

Madison Wells

August 27, 2012

thank you very much for this beautiful head band :) :D its so cute! i love the button! ill wear it all the time :)

Sarah Hayes

August 17, 2012

Santa,

Thank you so much for the beautiful work you did on my hat. It is such an honor to wear something that directly affects another life. Every time I wear it I will think of you and your children, and say a prayer that God blessed you as He continues to provide and be faithful. I can't wait to spread the word about KKi so other woman can be supported. Thank you again!

Hannah Miller

August 12, 2012

Santa, you have such a beautiful story! I am so proud of the headband that you knitted and hearing your story makes it so much more special. You are an amazing young woman, stay strong and keep fighting for your kids. You are so thoughtful, thank you again.

Margery Davis

August 3, 2012

Thank you so much for the beautiful work you did on my new Vans shoes! I receive compliments on them everytime I wear them :) My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a little girl so it holds a very special place in my heart and I am so pleased to be able to thank you. God Bless you and your family.

Rosi Tello

March 24, 2012

Thank you Akech!! Muchas Gracias! Grazie grazie!!

Joelle P.

March 5, 2012

Hello Akech Santa,
I received your hat today, and it is absolutely flawless and beautiful! I'm so thankful for it. I think that it is wonderful that you want a bright future for your children; and I believe with them under your influence, they will receive just that. I will pray for you. Thanks again and God Bless you and your family!

Kelly Heflin

February 10, 2012

Now I have a face to remember every time I wear my new hat, you are a remarkable woman! I cannot explain how happy I am that you want to educate your children, there is not better gift you can give them. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Sarah Scott

January 30, 2012

It is so special for me to see a face with your name. You are lovely and have such a beautiful warm smile! My sister bought one of your hats for me as a gift and I love it! I will be traveling to Africa with Visiting Orphans in a few months.

Doug Weir

January 23, 2012

Akech Santa. Thank you for making such a wonderful hat. I hope that you will reach your dream of getting all of your children through school. I am telling others about your story and how your hats help get us through our cold Canadian winters. Best wishes to you and your family, keep up the great work. God Bless

NaDira Anderson

January 4, 2012

Hello Santa! Thank you very much for my hat. When I first recieved it as a gift from my parents I was already stunned from the quality, and color of it. But when I had found out that I was helping someone by purchasing it, and then reading your story and many others, I was brought to tears at how powerful and independent you are, and how you handled your situations growing up. My hat is very warm, and it was a very lovely surprise to have your signature inside of it! Best wishes for both you and your family, and hope all ends well :)

Thank you very much!
NaDira A.

Robert Austin

January 4, 2012

Akech Santa! You are amazing! I am so honored to have a hat made by you especially for me! Best wishes to you and your loved ones. Keep up the awesome work...I LOVE my hat!

God Bless
-Robert-

Katie Klajbor

January 2, 2012

Thank you so much for my hat Akech! I love it! It is in my favorite color, purple, and its perfect for winter! I showed my family and friends and they all said they want hats just like it! You are an inspirational woman and I hope you and your children will be able to live comfortably forever! I LOVE my hat!!!!!

Thank you soooo much!
Katie <3

Heather Lunde

December 27, 2011

I can thank you enough for my beautiful hat. I love it so much and this is the best purchase i have ever made. I was so excited to see the tag in my hat and see who made it and i couldnt wait to see your picture and to write you this thank you now. I love my hat and i make sure i have it everytime i step out of my house. I have recived many complments on it and i make sure i tell them about this website and what this program does for all of you. My hat fits me wonderfuly. I wish you all the best in the world and wish you nothing but success!!!

Thank you so much from- Grand Blanc MI

Lainey Erion

December 25, 2011

Akech Santa-
Thank you very, very much for your beautiful work on my new hat! I absolutely love it!
Sending my love to you!
Thanks again Santa!

raine mckee

December 25, 2011

Thank you Santa for the amazing hat! I will think of you everytime I wear it! you are an amazing woman and an awesome krocheter!

Dave D.

December 25, 2011

I'm really happy for the gift I received today. And to find out it was to help you create a better life for you and your children... Made my day!

Damon Bennett

November 3, 2011

Thank you ! My hat is gorgeous and warm and I love the design. I pray this thank you reaches you in excellent health and spirits.

Alana Palmerini

October 24, 2011

Thank you so much! This hat is extremely comfortable and fits so perfectly. It's probably the best purchase i've ever made and it's so important to me and i couldn't be happier with it. Thank you so much, you're amazing. I wish you all the best!

Tracey Crowthers

October 21, 2011

My hat is so beautiful!! It's perfect and so soft and I love it. Thank you so much for all of your time and effort in making my hat, as well as all items you have made. It was so exciting checking the tag for your name and then being able to actually see your picture. I hope that this program is truly making a difference in your life. I thank you again from the bottom of my heart and wish you and your family good health and happiness.

jacob wishinsky

October 11, 2011

THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3

Jen Di Mattina

October 11, 2011

THANK YOU FOR MY BEAUTIFUL HAT!!!!! It is more beautiful than I ever imagined and SO soft. I will wear this and always think of you and what you are doing. I adore my 'Betty' hat and know how special it is - I can't take it off I love it so much!!!!! THANK YOU so much Santa. Love and well wishes - from Baltimore, MD!!!

Ari Provencher

October 9, 2011

You are amazing! I want to thank you for my hat, and all the compliments I get on it. I can only imagine the things that you have been through im your life, and the many hardships you have faced. You are a strong woman to be able to take charge of your life and your children's futures. It's amazing what people can take for granted and aren't thankful for these days, and to have a part of a project of this magnitude makes me feel so special. I wish the very best for you, and all the ladies. Women like you should be every one's heros!! Much love and best wishes,
Ari P.

Abigail Delarosa

October 7, 2011

You are a beautiful. You have a beautiful soul and it transcended into the hat you made for me. I love it so much, every time I wear it I feel special and I feel the love of your work around my bulbous head. I am blessed to have something that you crafted. You are an amazing person, and your family and friends are very lucky to have someone like you intertwined in their lives. Thank you for my Betty. I love you.

Nicole Zollos

October 7, 2011

Thank you so much for my hat, it's gorgeous and I've never owned anything that's held so much importance to me before. To me this is a symbol of your struggle and I hope you achieve all you want as well as your family! I hope you all stay in good health. I'll never forget that you made this for me and hope to get items made by you in the future!
God bless you and your family, Nic Zollos, age 17

Monique Lovato

September 28, 2011

Hello Akech Santa
Krochet Kids came to my Church in California. I was with my friend Karrie, she is like a mother to me. We were eating our dinner at the event and the Krochet Kids stand stood out to my friend we walked towards it and the interns were very sweet girls we talked for awhile and told our stories to each other. Then my friend told me to choose one and they were all soo cute but I came down to one that fit me very well and my favorite color. I told her i couldn't accept it because of the price, she wouldn't take no for an answer so I took the cute fitted navy blue one! I thanked her so much because I was so blessed of her to get it for me. She then told me later this: "Enjoy the hat, it blessed me to get it for you. And blessed the sweet lady who made it! Plus, you look so cute in it!" I am very glad you made this, especially for me even though you have no idea who I am you knew by making this it would make someone happy and grateful for what they have. I want to thank you dearly for putting your time and effort to make this beautiful object to help your children's education, yourself and to even help me. Every time I wear it I will always think of you. You are such a beautiful woman and I am sure your children are ADORABLE! Pleasseee, I hope we keep in touch my friend. <3 May God bless you beautiful!
yours truely Monique Lovato

Ryan fesser

September 19, 2011

Thank you so much for putting your time and effort into my hat, it looks and feels great. I will always feel a connection to you as I wear it. God bless and thank you!!!

Stephanie Carlson

September 9, 2011

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!! Thank you so much for making my beautiful hat!! I will have it forever!! every time I wear it I will think of you and all the love you put into this hat!:) I will tell every one about you and what you have done for me!! I cant thank you enough for being amazing:) (the bella)

Love: Stephanie

Shelby Mullivan

September 6, 2011

My hat is so beautiful you did an awesome job!!!!!!!!! I will treasure it forever, may god bless you in all aspects of your life.

Madeline McNamee

August 25, 2011

Thank you so much for my hat! It is so beautiful and I love it so much! I will always remember you when I wear it, and remember what a difference you are making!

Lauren Hurst

August 14, 2011

Thank you so much for my beautiful hat. I have never had anything like it before and will treasure and remember it and you for a long time. Your talent and your dreams and your love are an inspiration to many and you should be so very proud of the difference you are making for yourself, your children, and your children's children in the future. I wish you the best and thank you again.