Akello Mary

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Akello Mary is one strong Acholi woman. She likes to keep everyone in check and is never afraid to speak her mind. Her assertive attitude is more than matched by her love for people, however, and she brings a mature and protective leadership to the group.

“Peace will be the best thing. This war should stop so that we have peace and go back to the villages and live the normal lives we used to live because we’ve lost all our culture. So I think the best thing for Northern Uganda is peace.”

“I love to have my children around and I want to get them to education to the highest level and I really want to look after them well so in the future, when I’m gone, when I’m out of this world, they’ll be able to stand on their own and be strong and do well.”

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Previous Thank Yous

Joyce Hanz

April 16, 2020

Dear Mary,
I wanted to thank you for creating such a beautiful and functional hat. I live in Pennsylvania in the United States and I wore it last night as the spring weather turned chilly. Your crocheting skills are fabulous and I wish you the best. Stay well.


June 8, 2019

I got a hat made by you about 5 years ago. I still have it to this day and wear it all the time. I'm very spiritual and the moment I touched this hat I felt your energy. It was warm, comfortable, and just so bright and full of happiness. I appreciate this gift so much. Thank you.

Cassy Potter

February 28, 2017

Thank you for the beautiful knitted hat Mary. I bought it for my boyfriend for Christmas. I will have to buy another because I wear it as much as he does! It is the softest beanie I have ever worn. Thank you!!
Love & peace.


January 1, 2016

Thank you so much for making this beautiful scarf. It is very special to me and I truly admire your work. I showed the scarf to my children and they love it too and are so impressed with your talents.
Wishing you health and peace in the new year.

Lauren Esparza

December 3, 2015

Dear Mary,

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the beautiful Teddy hat you made. I bought it for my four-month-old son today. It makes me so happy to have an emotional connection to the person who put their hard work and time into creating something so beautiful. I read your bio and realized our personalities are so similar...its fate that I picked up the hat that you made. :) I posted a picture of my son wearing the hat on the Krochet Kids Facebook page and on Instagram, so I hope you get to see it. Please be well and take care of yourself and your family. I wish you all the luck and success in the world. You are one strong and special lady... Whenever I see my baby wearing his hat I will forever think of you.

Mr. Gabriel Adams

January 27, 2015

Thank you so much for my beautiful new hat! You are very good at your work and I really appreciate your effort. Have a nice day and enjoy your children.

Lesley Anne Herrmann

January 12, 2015

Hi Mary!
Thank you for the beautiful hat (the Betty)! It was a gift from my best friend of 24 years. She went to high school with the person who started this company. This hat means a lot to me because I know it was made with love and a peaceful heart. I get many complements on it as well; it's beautiful.

May your people find the peace they deserve and may you and your children be happy and healthy.

Thank you again,

Emily Jones

January 29, 2014

In Florida I purchased a hat you made. I love it & it is a baby hat. My newborn girl is wearing it this winter. Hope all is well with you. I treasure this handmade hat.

Charlotte Wilson

December 23, 2013


I just received your hat as a Christmas gift from a friend of mine. I LOVE IT! The design is wonderfully done and as I just told my friend, the stitch is amazing!! I am also a fellow knitter so receiving a handmade gift does hold a special place in my heart because I think they are the best gifts to receive. They come from a place of warmth (and patience). They are also treasured from years to come because a person actually took the time to design something with the hope that someone will fall in love with it and I know I LOVE my hat.

Stay strong!

Jasmin Hathaway-Houston

December 1, 2013

Hello Mary, My Name is Jasmin I am from a small town in Massachusetts which is in the United States. It is very cold here so I bought a hat to keep my head warm. I wanted to thank you for keeping my head warm in this cold winter ahead. you did a beautiful job. I am in college. I am the first to go in my family. I hope that your children can continue their education. Thank you so much for your hat i will cherish it for winters to come.

Jasmin Abou-Auda

November 29, 2013

Thank you very much Mary for the wonderful hat that you made, this hat will keep me warm for the whole winter, I really appreciate your hard work and dedication on delivering these perfect products to people. I wish you a long life full of love and happiness with your family. This hat made me happy :)

Alvaro Moreno

September 16, 2013

Thank you so much for the hat! It's good to know that there still products out there made by people and not machines! I will take care of this hat! It is an amazing fit! Thanks again!!!!! :D

Cammie Mosier

September 7, 2013

Mary, I just received the hat in the mail that you made. It is by far my favorite article of clothing that I have ever bought! Thank you so much for taking the time to make it; it is very well made and will keep me warm in the winter! I wish you and Travis the best. Keep being a strong, hardworking woman. God bless and thanks again.

- Cammie (Indiana)


August 3, 2013

Thank you for making the sweet little hat I bought for my 2 year old daughter, she looks very cute in it!

Adele Teti

July 22, 2013

Hi Mary!
Thank you so much for making the beanie hat thing! I truly love it. It made me very happy when I bought because it was so beautiful and keeps me warm even though it's hot right now but it will keep me warm when i move to england this sunday. THANK YOU SO MUCH. You are a remarkable women and I love how you are trying to make Uganda a better place. I truly appreciate it and I hope your country will grow and make peace. All the things you have done to make all these people happy is remarkable and I bet you are very proud of yourself to do so. I love you! I am from Fullerton, California soon to be in Hutingdon, England. Thank you for everything, and I'll be sure to wear this hat everyday when it gets cold. I will continue you to pray for you guys and your family!

Danielle Zieske

May 16, 2013

Thank you very much for my hat. It is very nice, I will enjoy wearing it for a long time.


January 10, 2013

Hello Mary!
I just got my beautiful little black Barney Hat in the mail today! I have been wanting it for weeks and I haven't found a hat that even compares to it. Thank you so much for your hard work and care to make it. I assure you it will be put to good use. :)
Lots of Love <3

Casey Coleman

December 7, 2012

My mom just gave me a Juliet that you made me for my birthday! It is so beautiful and I can't wait to wear it and show off your amazing work! Thank you so much for all that you do!

Dorothy Jackson

November 23, 2012

Hello Mary. I purchased a hat made by you today, and I am so thankful that I could help someone else and actually see the person that I am helping. I will wear my hat with pride and let everyone know that I am wearing a special hat made by your hands. May God continue to bless you and your family.

breana perez

November 13, 2012

Hello i just bought a hat today & it said your name on it I'm very thankful for this hat that you made. its special to me because i helped someone in need! I'm from california thank you sooo much

Amy Simmons

June 9, 2012

Dear Mary! I purchased a headband you made yesterday. It is beautiful, you did a perfect job. I don't usually like headbands, but this one is perfect, I can imagine myself wearing it all the time. The reddish-orange is my favorite color. I will remember to pray for you and your family every time I wear it. I am so proud of you and the commitment you put into your work. May God bless you until the end of your days.

Katrina Seidel

March 27, 2012

Dearest Mary,

You inspire me. Thank you for my beautiful, intricately-crocheted hat. After reading your story, I feel the vibrant mustard color of my hat is a great representation of you - full of life, sunshine, and love. Keep smiling Mary. I think and pray for you every time I rock my favorite hat :)

Much love, Katrina

Morgan Wootten

February 2, 2012


Thank you so much for the beautiful hat. I couldn't have asked for anything better, I purchased the 5207.5 and I wear it all the time. People ask me about it and I show them your name because I am so proud to say you made it for me. You're an amazing women and I will always cherish the hat you made for me.

Wolffe Carlson

February 1, 2012

I received this hat from my Aunt. Thank you it is beautiful.
Best Regards, Wolffe 10 years old

Pierce Lueders

January 4, 2012

Thank you so much Mary for my hat. It was the perfect gift to open on Christmas morning. It is exactly what I wanted and needed. It is beautifully made. I deeply appreciate it.

With Love,

Julayma Diaz

December 29, 2011

Thank you for making such a beautiful hat! i will wear it proudly knowing that i was able to make a difference in someone's life. I hope that the good Lord will continue to bless your life and your children's for all the days to come. Thank you. My Christmas gift was not only the hat i received but thanking and blessing the person who made it. =)
With Love

Megan Keene

December 25, 2011

Thank you so much for my wonderful hat! i got it for christmas today and I was so excited! I love what the guys at Krochet Kids do and how it helps you!

Jake Mendelson

December 18, 2011

Hello Mary,
Thank you for this amazing purple hat. My girlfriend Audrey gave it to me as an early christmas gift and I absolutely love it.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you (): (::

Jake and Audrey

P.S. I'm curious to know what your favorite color is and what type of music do you like listening to ?

sandy hughes

November 17, 2011

Dear Mary,
Thank you so much for making my beautiful hat! I waited in anticipation for your talented work to come in the mail!. It's such a blessing to know that you are able to provide for your family by making beautiful hats!
I think about you every time i wear my hat (sparrow hodge podge).
You are beautiful! You are a strong leader! You are a good mother! And you are a very talented hat maker! I will pray for you and your children, that God will bless you abundantly and bring peace to Uganda.


October 26, 2011

Thank you for the hat! It's lovely!

Jaime Abelon

October 17, 2011

mary, thank you for the perfect beanie. it made me smile all day. I cannot thank you enough

Marti Gilmore

October 8, 2011

Mary, I purchased a beautiful hat today made by none other than you. I love it! You have amazing talent. Thank you so much and God bless!!

Lauren Burns

October 3, 2011

Hi Mary! I wanted to take a second to say Thank You for my amazing "Betty" hat. I received it today and I absolutely love it. I've shared a picture of it and a link on my Facebook page in an effort to make more people aware of Krochet Kids. What you are doing is a great thing and I am so proud to be able to purchase a product from an organization like this. Keep up the good work!

Ali Zubik

October 1, 2011

Mary, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for not just the fantastic hat, but for opening eyes around the world.

Dave Miller

September 26, 2011

Mary, I'm very thankful for my hat and for you. I'm glad the other women have such a strong role model in you and that you will be a voice for them! I pray for continued strength for you to stand up for the things you know are right! "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Trevor Adam Deloge

September 22, 2011

Thank you for the your work Mary, the hat is wonderful. I just received it today and I love it.

Linda Nguyen

April 26, 2011

God bless you for your beautiful work:) Thank you! I love my hat....my daughter's name is also Mary:)

Will Sulemann

March 19, 2011

Hello, my name is Will. I purchased a yellow knitted hat of your creation yesterday. I love it, and want to make as many positive contributions to Africa as possible during my life. I respect the courage you and the other Woman have for yourself, families and Culture. I only wish for Peace for your Nation. I have visited Africa many times, however never Uganda. I Hope to visit soon. Your strength and willingness to overcome obstacles in life is a great example for all persons in the World. I will wear my hat with Love for Africa.

Blessings to you and your family


Renee' Fye

October 21, 2010

Mary, I think about you every day. I have "The Barney" with your name written on the inside. I live in the State of Ohio in the United States of America. I actually use my hat as a rest for my arm while I am working. I do a lot of computer work and for the first few days I had my hat I just had it sitting by my computer and was amazed this came from Africa, was had made and tried to imagine the woman that took her time and care to make it. Then one day my arm was uncomfortable while I was doing some work and I just slipped the hat under my arm/elbow for comfort and there it has stayed. I use it almost every day. I am sure I will wear it some this winter as it is getting colder her in Ohio. The last few mornings it has been below 40 degrees when I wake up in the morning. But I wanted to Thank you for the comfort you bring me and I so appreciate the opportunity to tell you this.
God Bless you and I will continue to pray for you and your family and the K Kids team