Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Day Dedicated To Africa

Whenever I hear the word Africa I automatically think of kids laughing, celebrations, and nature at its purist. After twenty five posts on Africa’s Heartbeat, I am excited to talk about and celebrate Africa Day!

Africa Day is celebrated world-wide on May 25th in aims to recognize African diversity and success and to highlight the cultural and economic potential that exists on the African continent.  On May 25, 1963 30 out of the 32 leaders from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) came together and signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

I look at Africa Day as a way to unite African countries and try to move away from the colonialism mindset that Africa experienced for centuries. As the Diaspora of Africa we should also step back and evaluate Africa as a whole. Although we have improved in many ways, we still have many more goals to reach. We should continue to motivate, educate and support one another .

According to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, “Each year, Africa Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa and to reaffirm the support of the United Nations for their efforts to build a better future. The United Nations commends Africa’s recent efforts to consolidate its peace and security architecture, and to reject unconstitutional changes of power. We will continue to work with Africa in building durable peace, ending armed conflicts, boosting democracy, and promoting respect for fundamental human rights, especially the rights of women and youth.”

This year’s Africa Day theme is “Africa and the Diaspora.” No matter where you are, I encourage you to celebrate, dance, and eat. The following places around the world that will be holding events in honor of Africa Day all weekend long.

Africa Day in Dublin

Africa Day in South Africa

Africa Day in Washington, DC 

Africa Day in Los Angeles

“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” -Nelson Mandela


Eritrea: Celebrating Twenty-One Years of Independence

This weekend Eritreans world-wide will be celebrating twenty-one years of Independence. According to Eritrean Compass, Asmara will have their celebration “under the maxim ‘Apiary of Eritrean Independence’ in the port city of Massawa where the miracle for liberating the city from the brutal Derg regime has been conducted twenty one years ago this week.”

For those of you who would like to learn more about Eritrea, I included a three part educational clip below that covers the different villages in Eritrea.

I would also like to reach out the Eritrean diaspora and share what village you’re from and any thoughts you would to share!

To Mother Africa

Every year it’s the same routine; I make sure I send her flowers followed by a good phone call or Skype conversation, and then calling it a day. Yep, that is my Mother’s Day ritual to show my mom my appreciation, but is that enough? This year I want to do something different! Something that will not only show my mother I care, but also allow me to support other mothers and children of the African diaspora.

For most of you who don’t know me, I was born in Eritrea in the mid 1980’s. A place where it was difficult to raise a family without fearing if tomorrow was granted.A time were my father had to spend time in prison, while my strong mother had to raise six kids with me on the way. With the help of my grandma, my mother was able to work to provide an income while visiting my father in prison to make sure he was okay.

For my parents it was a hard time and they knew change fast change had to be made. My parents along with my siblings and I decided to leave their old family and friends to a place where they could give us an opportunity to grow up in a safer environment. Allowing us to get a proper education and grabbing life by the horns so we could become whatever we desired to be. Like most parents, mine wanted me to be better then them so I wouldn’t have to struggle that hard.

Growing up hearing these stories made me realize how different life could have been, and how blessed I am. I also feel it is my responsibility to give back and help out. This year I plan on donating and volunteering my time to unique orginzation’s surrounding their focus on Mother’s and their child’s. Here are my top three picks along with more information, enjoy!

* Mother 2 Mother – Who would have known that a single dose of medication to a mother during labor, and a dose to her infant shortly after birth – can cut transmission rates nearly in half? Mothers2mothers employs and trains mothers living with HIV to prevent new HIV infections among infants and keep their mothers alive. These “Mentor Mothers” work alongside doctors and nurses to bring critical information and support to pregnant women and new mothers with HIV. Read More…

* Mothers of Africa – “In Africa a woman’s risk of dying from treatable or preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth over the course of her lifetime is 1 in 22, compared to 1 in 7,300 in developed regions.” Mothers of Africa is a Medical Educational Charity that trains medical staff in Sub-Sahara Africa to care for mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. Read More…

*Child Soldiers International– CSI works to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilization and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration.

“I would like you to give a message. Please do your best to tell the world what is happening to us, the children. So that other children don’t have to pass through this violence.”

‘The 15-year-old girl who ended an interview to Amnesty International with this plea was forcibly abducted at night from her home by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an armed opposition movement fighting the Ugandan Government.’

I hope this blog inspires you to help a mother or child in need. Marion Garretty put it best when she said “A Mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”