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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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Colombian President Takes Note of Disparities for Afro-Colombians

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According to an article on ColombiaReports.com, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos announced the creation of a bill that will support the fair treatment of Afro-Colombians. The Law of Equal Opportunities for Afro-Colombian Peoples will present the bill to congress on July 20, 2011. July 20th marks Colombia’s Independence Day and the beginning of a new parliamentary year. The government first made steps to criminalize racism in November of 2010.  Individuals convicted of racism would have to spend up to six months in jail or pay a fine of $4,000.

Many Afro-Colombians live in poverty and don’t have access to proper education. The situation in Colombia is reminiscent of a 1950s America. Santos feels that it is Colombia’s duty to right the wrongs of the past. Santos has also created a program entitled, “The Presidential Program for the Integral Development of Black Communities.” The program will be dedicated to finding resolutions to help mediate the problems facing Afro-Colombians.

For more information about this topic visit http://ColombiaReports.com.

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