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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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Filed under Africa, Afrodescendants, Palaver Hut Series, Philanthropy

“This is My Territory”: The Afro-Colombian Experience

By The Phelps Stokes Team

This is My Territory is an Afro-Colombian group consisting of 27 members.  It is a group of young people who once struggled  with  hunger, violence, homelessness, but they have all come together to create music.  They believe that music is an apt medium to spread their message and the central message is that they are fighting for their land.  With no place to call home, many young adults live like nomads in Colombia.

The band was created last December at an urban music festival.  The event was created to allow youths the opportunity to speak out against the violence in Buenaventura.  Buenaventura acts as a haven for those displaced by violence between illegal armed groups.  There are about 75,500 displaced Colombians living in Buenaventura.

The family structure in Colombia has been affected as a result of the violence. One of the group members was displaced in 2006, he expressed that it was easier to leave his home than to fight off the rebels.  The displaced youths have had a limited education and struggle on a daily basis. Never admitting defeat, the young people are rallying to work in the building of homes and public projects to further establish a community.

For more information about This is My Territory, visit www.trust.org.

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Filed under Buenaventura, Colombia, Urban Music, Violence, Youth