MEDA once again brought the world to Souderton’s doorstep with the second World Night Market June 3. More than 3,000 people attended the event at Souderton Shopping Center, enjoying live music, international foods, an “escape from poverty” room, soccer and more.
The diverse crowd visited tents highlighting 10 different countries where MEDA creates business solutions to poverty through economic empowerment projects. Lead sponsor Hoover Steel, premier sponsors Bergey’s Electric and Perkiomen Tours, along with other sponsors and more than 150 volunteers made this event possible.
Night markets originated in Asian cultures, but they’re quickly spreading to cultures far and wide. A night market takes place just after dusk and goes to the wee hours of the morning. Tent vendors, food vendors and musicians gather to block a street and create a unique atmosphere with all the smells, sounds and activities of a normal marketplace.
MEDA’s World Night Market aims to raise awareness and support for MEDA projects, provide energizing volunteer opportunities and an exciting night market experience.
Bergey’s Electric provides all of the globe lights and other lighting for Souderton World Night Market. When people ask Ron Bergey how he achieves his company tagline of Lighting Our World with a business based in Souderton, he says, "Contributing to MEDA allows us to make a difference in our community and beyond. Fulfilling Jesus’ calling to be light in the world is important to me."
Ron and his wife, Becky, were on the planning committee and spent many hours helping out at the event. They say that being involved with MEDA has helped them to think more globally.
Pictured above are Loretta Moyer, her son, Randy, and his daughter, Claire, who were selling handwoven scarves from Ethiopia similar to ones made by weavers who benefitted from MEDA’s EDGET project. Proceeds from their sales went to MEDA.