Category Archives: Afrodescendants

Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Latin America & the Caribbean Launches 2nd Cycle of International Legal Clinics

Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Latin America and the Caribbean launched the second cycle of the International Legal Clinics Seminars in Bogota and Quibdó, Colombia during the week of October 10.  These seminars conducted in conjunction with Howard University Law School and the Fulbright Commission-Colombia and sponsored by USAID-Colombia, aim to share the US experience during the Civil Rights Movement with Afro-Colombian university students throughout Colombia.  Presenters discussed the history of the US Civil Rights Movement and how any lessons learned during that time might be applicable to the Colombian context, or not.  The seminars also included a leadership development component which focuses on “Leadership for Social Change.”

Students participating in the Bogota seminar hailed from San Andres/Providencias, Chocó, Tumaco, and other parts of Colombia.  Students participating in the Quibdó seminars hailed from all parts of Chocó.  The next installment of the seminars will take place in the spring in Cali and Cartagena, Colombia.

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Earthquake-proof Schools Spring up in Haiti

After the shocking earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, many schools were heavily damaged. During the earthquake, many students were killed in schools that collapsed. Four earthquake-proof schools are under construction in Port-au-Prince. The structures are also expected to hold up against hurricanes as well. The schools are made of rebar, cement, and foam to allow the structure to bend and not collapse in the event of a severe hurricane or earthquake. Many students have yet to go back to school since the devastating earthquake.

For more information about this topic, visit Local10.com.

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Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedowm Endowment’s June 2011 Palaver Hut Preview

Each month, Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa and Freedom Endowment (PAFE) hosts a Palaver Hut.  What is a Palaver Hut you say? Well, Palaver Huts encourage a lively discussion about a series of issues and topics dealing with Africa.  Phelps Stokes has interviewed Abigail Simmons of the Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment (PAFE)  about this upcoming Palaver Hut on “How Grassroots Philanthropy Can Positively Impact Children’s Education.”

Show Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment some support by attending the Palaver Hut series on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at the Club Quarters Hotel in Washington, D.C. (839 17th Street).  The panelists for this month’s event are Nick Zemura, Founder of Mirazvo Productions; Jean-Patrick Guichard, Founder and CEO of Guichard Solutions;  and Rahel Getachew, Founder and Managing Director of Afrolehar.

Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment focuses closely on education initiatives in Africa.  For more information on this month’s Palaver Hut, contact Abigail Simmons at asimmons@phelpsstokes.org. For more information about the Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment, visit www.phelpsstokes.org. Watch the video tell us what you think!

Tweet the Hastag #PAFEPalaverHut if you will be attending this month’s Palaver Hut!

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Support Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment as it Hosts an Upcoming Palaver Hut on How Grassroots Philanthropy Can Positively Impact Children’s Education

June 2011 Palaver Hut

Every month Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa and Freedom Endowment (PAFE) hosts a Palaver Hut, a symposium that creates an environment of productive dialogue on an important issue. June’s Palaver Hut event is entitled, “How Grassroots Philanthropy Can Positively Impact Children’s Education”.

Guest Panelist include:

Nick Zemura, Founder of Mirazvo Productions

Jean-Patrick Guichard, Founder and CEO of Guichard Solutions

Rachel Getachew, Founder and Managing Director of Afrolehar

The event will be held on Thursday, June 30th, 2011 in the Lafayette Room at Club Quarters Hotel Washington, located at 839 17th Street NW, DC from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please RSVP by June 23rd, 2011 to Abigail Simmons at asimmons@phelpsstokes.org. Support Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment by coming out to the Palaver Hut and engage in the conversation! We hope to see you there!

For more information about Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment’s June 23rd Palaver Hut on “How Grassroots Philanthropy Can Positively Impact Children’s Education,” contact Abigail Simmons at asimmons@phelpsstokes.org.

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Some Children are Starving for an Education in Kenya

By Phelps Stokes Team

Phelps Stokes believes that education is essential. It is difficult for students in Africa to fully focus on their education.  Most recently, many Kenyan children have been forced to drop out of school due to malnutrition. The Nairobi Star reports that over 5,000 students have left school in Turkana and Pokot because of famine. Many children leave school to help their families find food and to work on small family farms. The amount of food in the region is severely low. The government has made steps to fix the food shortages. In addition, the government has increased security and food distribution throughout the region. But, merely distributing food won’t be enough.  So, they are also introducing a program to help teach its citizens how to produce food and maintain healthy livestock.

For more information about this topic, visit www.allAfrica.com.

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Recent African Graduates Aren’t Too Different from US Graduates

By Phelps Stokes Team

According to www.allAfrica.com, recent American graduates have something in common with Rwandan graduates, unemploymentThe US economy has made it difficult for most recent grads to infiltrate the marketplace in America.  This is a shared experience for recent grads in Rwanda.  A 26 year-old college graduate from the National University of Rwanda (NUR) was unemployed for two years.  His major was Applied Statistics. There are more in need of jobs than there are jobs available in Rawanda.  Also, the job creation rate is not matching the number of potential employment seekers.  There is an influx of young adults leaving their rural communities. They believe the city will provide them with a better life.

Professor Silas Lwakabamba, a professor at NUR, believes that the creation of a job center would bridge the gap between employers and college graduates.  He also believes that the usage of entrepreneurial programs will help the students gain a new skill set.  This would be a skill set they could use to become self-employed. Rwanda’s Minister of Labor encourages graduates to look outside of popular city centers for employment.  He remarked that there are many jobs available in more rural parts of the country.

For more information about this topic, visit www.allAfrica.com.

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What are your thoughts about the First World Summit of Afrodescendants?

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International Leaders Support the Launch of The First World Summit of Afrodescendants

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By Phelps Stokes Team

2011 is the year of the Afrodescendants. In celebration of this occasion, there will be a summit focusing on the issues surrounding Afrodescendants around the world. The summit is scheduled to take place August 18-21, 2011 in the city of La Ceiba, Honduras. The First World Summit of Afrodescendants announced its launch May 26, 2011 at the Pan American Health Organization building in downtown Washington, D.C.

The event was led by Dr. Marijke Velzeboer from the Pan American Health Organization. “We are committed to equality in health and health for all; and it is really a privilege to be supporting this summit,” remarked Dr. Marijke Velzeboer. Dr. Santiago Cantón, Executive Secretary of the Inter American Commission of Human Rights of the OAS; Dr. Jorge R. Hernández, Ambassabor of Honduras to the United States; Mr. Jim Coffin, Acting Vice-President of Phelps Stokes; were just a few of the people asked to speak at the launch. There were also performances by Vicky Leyva and Efraín Martínez.

Panelists from Launch of First World Summit of Afrodescents

The President and Executive Secretary of the summit, Mr. Celeo Álvarez, wants to have tangible results from the summit. He hopes the summit will result in the creation of a recognized body for Afrodescendants in the United Nations. In addition, he’d like to create a fund for Afrodescendants in Honduras. It is important that this summit set a chain reaction that will be felt throughout the world. It isn’t enough to just recognize how marginalized Afrodescendants are treated throughout the world, but it is time to be proactive. The summit will be about creating solutions to help Afrodescendants all over the world.

When asked about the importance of the First World Summit of Afrodescendants, Dr. Santiago Cantón commented on the historic oppression of Afrodescendants. He added that it is important for everyone to work together to solve the issues that face Afrodescendants. Analyzing the gaps between Afrodescendants and other ethnic groups around the world is one of the principle goals of the summit. Honduras’ Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Jorge R. Hernández, mentioned that Honduras has several Afro-Latinos working in the government, ensuring that Afro-Latino have representation in the government. The Honduran government has set in place quotas that guarantee Afrodescendants a place to work. Many attendees echoed the words of Colombia’s Vice President, Angeliono Garzon, that there should be a certain percentage of government officials that are Afrodescendant and Colombia’s Vice President made this statement in a press release addressing Afrodescendants in Colombia.

Afro-Peruvian singer, Vicky Leyva is excited about the summit. She expressed her happiness to see progress occurring in the world, as it relates to Afrodescendants. The summit’s website states, “The main purpose of this Summit is to harness the unique opportunity presented by the proclamation of the “2011 International Year of African Descent” for a critical analysis, assess the conditions of Afro-descendant populations, the achievements under the implementation of international treaties, and not least, an analysis of the social status of Afro-descendant movement.”

For Registration and additional Information, visit the official World Summit of African Descendants (Cumbre Mundial de Afrodescendientes) website: http://cumbremundialafro.org.

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