Lanyero Lilly

Lanyero Lilly was abducted and held captive by rebel forces for eight years during the war in Northern Uganda. Although she was very bright, this time in captivity made education impossible. With the money that she is earning at KKU, Lilly is providing her children with the best education possible so that they can enjoy learning in the same way that she did when she was young.

“I dream of owning land and building a home for myself and my children.”

“Love is forgiving one another and caring for one another.”

“Thank you for the work that you have already done for us in Northern Uganda. I pray that God will continue to bless you with the spirit of giving so you can help more needy people.”

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  1. Sara Parkes

    Hi Lanyero! Thank you so much for making this warm hat. It is such a beautiful color and so soft! Your story is truly inspiring, and I wish you and your children the very best.

  2. Lindy Schweitzer

    Lanyero, I just received a lovely beanie that you made. Thank you so much for making it. I can not wait to wear it around. I loved seeing that there was a signature of the person who made it, and I loved that your story was shared with everyone. I hope that all your wishes and dreams come true. Thank you again.

  3. KC Whitsett

    Lanyero, I got one of your hats as a gift, so I wanted to thank you for making it. It is beautiful, and I love it! Thank you for being you, and thank you for sharing your story. You inspire me, and I wish your family the best.


  4. Taylor Vandiver


    I hope this message finds you well! I just received my hat and I am so pleased! It is beautiful and the fact that it was made by your equally beautiful hands is that much better. As I looked inside the hat I read your name and it made me smile; you see, I work with plants for a living and your last name pulled at my heart. Lilies are one of the most pure and stunning flowers and I believe the work that you are doing is just as pure and stunning. Thank you for keeping my head warm this winter and I wish you all the best! God bless.

    With Love,

  5. Lucas Halim

    Hi Lanyero,

    Thank you for your amazing work of art on the beanie hat. I’m glad our life is interconnected through this small token of warmth. I’m originally from Indonesia and now live in the United States and have family here. I wish you all the best in life and may all your dream come true! I want to let you know that you have make difference in others life through your work of art!


  6. Regina Im

    Dear Lanyero,

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into making these beautiful works. I’m fascinated by your amazing skill and your ability to make all of these by hands! I can only hope I can someday try to make something as beautiful as the things you make. I recently purchased a pink bow to put in my hair, and everytime I do, I appreciate the hard work you put into it. It’s so pink and pretty, thank you so much! Stay strong in all your endeavors, and may God continue to stay by your side and give you the strength and courage to stay beautiful and wonderful!

    With love,
    Regina Im :)

  7. Tiffany M

    Hi Lilly,

    Thank you for making beautiful thing; what you’re doing is an art. I just picked up 2 beanies that you made for a dear friend of mine and her daughter. I can’t wait to share your story and the love and care that went into these hats!

    Thank you from California

    Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

  8. Vivienne Yates

    Thank You so much for my warm headband, Lilly! I love wearing it and it keeps me warm on the coldest days here in Iowa, USA! This is a great company that you work for and it is great to read about how well you’ve overcome the adversity in your life. God Bless you and your family today and in the future! Hebrews 10:10

  9. Hannah M

    Lanyero Lilly,

    Thank you for the lovely hat! It has been a wonderful gift that has kept my head very warm as the temperatures drop here. Your story is very inspiring and I pray God will give you strength and joy and that your dreams may be fulfilled!
    Thanks again and God Bless,


  10. Jessica Long-Pease

    I recently received a hat you made as a Christmas gift. It is lovely, and I cannot wait to wear it. Your love for and commitment to your children shines through your smile and your hard work to provide them with a quality education. What an amazing mother you are! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with me and so many others. You are an inspiration. I pray that you and your family continue to be blessed in the years to come.

  11. Elika Sepulveda

    Thank you Lilly! You are so lovely and your smile illuminated my home! Your talent will be worn often on my head. May the world grant you all that you deserve and the help you need to take care of your family! We women are the greatest and you are awesome.

  12. Madelyn B

    Lanyero Lilly,
    I recently recieved a beautiful scarf crafted by you, and I must admit it is the new favorite, as it is the best of the gifts I’ve recieved in a while! It is such an honor to carry something with so much special meaning of hope around my neck, and I think of you each time I wear it. I pray consistently for you and your children that He blesses you beyond measure, as you have blessed me with this scarf! You live as an inspiration for me and everyone who asks me about the scarf. For that, if nothing else, I thank you with deepest sincerity!

  13. Kathryn

    Dear Lanyero Lilly,
    Thank you so much for creating such amazing hats!! I am currently pregnant and due in May–a mild weather month here in Wisconsin in the US. But I couldn’t help but to buy an owl hat that you created for when my baby needs one next fall and winter! I know it’s about a year away but it is so adorable I couldn’t resist. Thank you for all your hard work and I wish you nothing but the best for the future!

    Katie :)

  14. Jean C

    Hello Lanyero Lilly,

    Thank you for making my ‘Agatha’ hat. I love it and will wear it proudly. I am a teacher so I am happy to hear that your children have the opportunity of an education. Best wishes to you and your children!

    Jean C
    Lynnwood, WA, USA

  15. Sarah Q

    Thank you so much for the adorable Lola bow! It is so inspiring to see such a beautiful product made by somebody who has been through so much darkness. I will think of your strength every time I see one of my daughters wearing this. Love to you and your family! xoxo

  16. Rees Ray

    Lanyero Lilly,
    Thank you so much for my hat! It is beautiful!

  17. Samantha Rhodes

    Lanyero Lilly,
    I just learned about the Krochet Kids foundation, so inspiring! Thank you for the beautiful hat and the time you took to create it. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to tell all my friends about this foundation and about you. You truly are an inspiration to people here.

  18. Lexci Miner

    Thank you for my hat, Lilly!!!! I love it!

  19. Sam Voss

    Dear Lanyero Lilly,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and your talent.
    My best friend and I decided to only get each other Christmas gifts that went to a good cause.
    Not only were we excited to support hard working women, but knew that the purchase of these hats would connect us to someone across the globe.
    So, once again thank you for your hard work and inspiration. You’re an incredible woman.


  20. Erin Hasselberg

    Dearest Dada Lilly,

    Asante sana! I love love love this hat. It’s perfect. It is my favorite Christmas gift this year. I work in Africa in public health and hopefully I will get to Uganda one day! You do amazing work and should be very proud. I will think of you, your hands, and your family every time I wear it. Thank you so much!

  21. Edyn Gallagher

    Lanyero Lilly,

    I love hats, and this is probably my favorite I now own. I love how my hat has a flower on the side, thank you you for that. It is one of my favorite Christmas gifts and I will always think of you when I wear it. I wish you and your family the best. You are a wonderful example of how no matter what, theres good in everything. God bless you.

  22. Caitlin Walker

    Your story touched my heart. I am truly thankful and feel honored to be wearing a hat that was made with such love by you. I will always be thinking of you when I wear my hat, which will be often since I live in Chicago. You are a role model and I look up to you for the strength and dedication you have. God bless you and your family.

  23. Brittany Henderson

    Thank you for the lovely beanie you made!! You and your family will always be in my thoughts! Thank you again for all your hard work!

  24. Jenny Craig

    Thank you so much my dear! You are such a brave and amazing woman. I cannot believe what you have been through and you just keep moving forward trying to help those younger than you, so they don’t have to go through what you did. You made me a beautiful hat, that I would pay any cost to help you out! Again, thank you. You have my full appreciation

  25. Margaret Marron

    Dear Ms.Lilly, Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL headband! I love it so much! Your story inspires me! Stay Strong, and I wish you can your children the best wishes! :)

  26. Corrie VB

    I don’t even know how to begin to thank you. Thank you for the beautiful hat, but most importantly thank you for your strength. You spirit and forgiveness had gotten you so far, never give up! You give millions of people who have never met you strength as well. I will pray for you and your family that God will bless you and your servants heart.
    …Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

  27. Logan Kaufman

    Thank you so much for the beanie I love the color of the beanie and it’s really well made, I pray that God will bless you for the hard work you do.

    Matthew 19:26
    With man it’s impossible, but with God all things are possible

  28. Carson Brock

    Dear Ms. Lanyero Lilly,
    I want to start out by saying thank you so much for making my hat!! I am absolutely 200% in LOVE with it! I got it as a Christmas present and I can honestly say that it is probably the BEST present that I have EVER received. But I don’t just want to thank you for making my hat but I want to thank you for sharing your story. You, as well as the other wonderful ladies that have done the same thing as you have, made just as much of an impact in my life as anyone has. How even though times were hard, you never gave up and how you want to give your children a good childhood and life to look back on tells me how strong, loving, caring, responsible, and determined you are. I just hope that one day I can make the same kind of impact as you made on me. And thanks again for everything! You are one of my role models that I will always remember especially when I feel stuck and ready to give up. You are AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!! (:
    Love, XOXO

  29. Kiana Darrah

    Dear Lanyero Lilly,
    I thank you for the hat. I enjoy it very much! I told my friends the story behind the hat, and it is an inspiration.

  30. Helen Christy Powell

    Dear Lanyero Lilly!
    Hearing your story was absolutely inspiring and only reinforces the passion I hold for choosing a career working with African-based nonprofit organizations. For the time being, as a high school student I will wear my hat with pride and tell your story to as many people as possible! My sister spent a summer in Uganda working with Renu where she first found out about Krochet Kids, and now the passion has been passed on to me, for this Christmas she gave me a hat you had made. I aspire to spend a summer working with Krochet Kids or Invisible Children and perhaps one day our paths will cross! I hope baby Sean is doing well. Best wishes to your family and friends!
    Christy Powell, 17, North Carolina School of Math and Science

  31. Emily

    Dear Lilly,
    I received your hat for Christmas, and by far it was my favorite gift. The knitting is beautiful and it fits perfectly. I am so glad the hat is giving you the oppurtunity to educate your children. Your definition of love is so ture, I agree completely. There is more thanks in my heart than I can express in words. THANK YOU, Lilly.
    With Love,

  32. Ryan Schroeder

    Lanyero Lilly, I received a hat you made as a gift recently, and I enjoy it very much! As people ask questions about it, I want to share what it supports, but I especially want to share your story! May God help you persevere toward your dreams, many thanks, and take good care!

  33. Megan

    Dear Lanyero Lilly,
    Each time I wear my hat, I am going to remember the woman that it was made by. Someone who overcame obstacles put in her way and is doing well for her kids. You are truly someone I admire and strive to be like. Many blessings to you and your family.

  34. Madeline

    My hat is absolutely beautiful, as is the message it represents. Thank you so much, and have a wonderful future!

  35. Stephanie Agnew

    Thank you so much for my lovely hat! Your work is beautiful! Blessings to you and your family.

  36. Zander

    Dear Lanyero Lilly,
    Thank you so much for this great hat! Your story is incredibly inspiring and I pray that your dreams may come true, whatever they may be. God bless you and your community.

  37. Janet Bishop

    Thank you so much for making this beautiful hat! Your story is so inspiring to all the people you are reaching through this organization. Continue to pursue the amazing life God has given to you! We are all cheering for you gals, you truly are an inspiration.

  38. Nikki Wilson

    Thank you so much for the beautiful hat. You are a brave strong woman and everytime I wear my hat I will be reminded of the courage and determination you have for you’re family. You are a blessing.

  39. Nikki Wilson

    Thank you so much for the beautiful hat. It fits perfect! You are a brave woman and the world blessses women like you. Every time I wear this hat I will thank of you and all you have gone through to provide for you’re family. You are a beautiful woman and I thank you dearly

  40. Justin Long

    Dear Lanyero Lilly,
    Thank you so much for crafting such a beautiful hat! I just got it in today, and I am in love with this hat. I can’t wait to wear it and to be able to turn it inside out and show everyone that you handmade it! You are a strong woman of God, and I pray that he will bless you and your family with grace and abundance. I pray that your kids will get an education and that they achieve success, and give back to their community. Thank you for inspiring me, and giving me the opportunity to bless you and your family. Please continue to seek God’s will for your life and always treat others as Christ treated you. God bless you.

  41. Kadee Stephens

    Dearest Lilly,
    Thank you for the beautiful hat! I will always turn my hat inside out and show all of my friends and family that you made it. You are beautiful for what you are doing and for how you want your children to get a better education. I will always look up to you. I hope sometime in the near future, I can visit you in Northern Uganda. I want to come over and learn new things, also to help stop the war. Thank you again! <3

  42. Sierra Martin

    Lanyero Lilily, you did such an amazing job on the hat you made and you’re an inspiration to everyone. there is faith and there is hope.

  43. Joel Buckingham

    My hat is awesome! Thank you so so much! You are such an inspiration, I wish you and your family many years of happiness!

  44. Dave Miller

    Lanyero Lilly, I am so happy that you have a bright future ahead of you! I love the hat you crocheted, you did a wonderful job on it! I hope you can continue your education and your kids do well in school also. “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

  45. Hayley Smith

    I don’t think I have ever been so inspired in my life. I thought simply buying a hat was going to make the biggest impact on me but knowing your story and actually holding the hat in my hand is something else; something incredible. I have never felt so emotionally attached to an object. Your story and your strength will be with me and inspire me forever. Thank you.

  46. Shannon Wood

    Lilly!!! The hat you made is sure to make my brother’s Christmas awesome, and for that I thank you. The strength you have displayed in your life, and your hope for the future is truly inspiring to me. My hope for you this holiday season is that God blesses you and your family, and that you find yourself continually coming closer to achieving your dreams. Always remember the beautiful woman you are and let that shine!

  47. Kimmy Shields

    Lilly, you have the biggest servant’s heart I’ve ever seen. Something that blows me away about you ladies is your never-ending happiness and utter joy for life. I know I take all my privileges in the States for granted, but you are truly a humble woman who deserves the best education for her kids and a home of her own. It’s my prayer that the hat I bought from you will do its job in making your dreams come true. God bless your working hands.