Water for Children Africa

Monday, November 17, 2008 2:29 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)


The twelfth Annual Africa Trade and Business Conference sponsored by Water For Children Africa will be held the weekend of November 21-23, 2008.  The conference will be kicked off on Friday, November 21st with a free Community Forum open to the public held at the Malcolm X Library from 2-4 pm.  Professor Chuck Ambers of the Casa del Rey Moro Museum in Old Town will lead a discussion on safe water in rural villages in Africa and in our own community. 

The conference workshops hosted on Saturday, November 22nd at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park will culminate with a tour of the museum exhibit, ‘H2O = Life’ which is the motto of this non-profit organization.   

Presenters include Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein of Lowenstein & Associates from Washington D.C. and Mick Adkisson of Smart Technologies who co-chair the recently formed Water for Children Africa Technology Task force.  Spotlighted will be emerging partnerships, eg., with SMART Technologies and Foshay Learning Center’s NetGeneration of Youth Cyberjournalist Ambassadors representing Congresswoman Diane E. Watson’s Los Angeles school district (eighteen students will interview participants and honorees); and with Panwapa, a program of Sesame Workshop and Merrill Lynch that cultivates global citizenship. A workshop presentation will be offered that highlights “Technology as a Tool of Transformation, Ensuring Economic, Educational Empowerment in Africa.” 

Saturday’s special guest luncheon speaker will be James Callan, Associate Administrator Risk Management Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture.   

The evening Maji Ni Maisha “Water is Life” Benefit Gala and Silent Auction will be held on the San Diego Maritime Museum’s USS Berkley located next to the Star of India on Harbor Drive.  The evening will be dedicated to the late Director of San Diego State University’s International Student Center, Ron Moffatt. 

Individuals and organizations who have contributed to Africa as well as to our local community will be honored at the Gala and Silent Auction on the USS Berkley. Among them is Bishop George McKinney who will also serve as guest speaker at the Pray for Africa Day on Sunday, November 23, 2008 from 3 to 5 pm at Bethel AME Church on the corner of 31st and K Street.  A candle light special ceremony with 54 flags provided by the United Nations Association representing the 54 Nations in Africa will be followed by a prayer for Africa by First Lady of Bethel AME Church, Rev. Dorisalene Hughes. 

Among those on the Honor Roll of Service to be recognized at the Gala are:  Rev. John Ringgold of Bethel Baptist Church; Makeda Dred of the World Beat Center; Evangelist Mary Page of St. Paul’s Church of God In Christ; Alemi Daba and Walter Lam of the Alliance for African Assistance; Marnyce McKell, Connect International and Tema Sister Cities Society; Mr. Roque Borros of the Jacob Center; Mr. Rudy Johnson, Neighborhood House; Mr. Duane Bradford, Pan African Association of America; Marine Stewart, The M. Stewart C. Riley Self Help and Charitable Foundation; Rotary District 5340 and the Makau Family Foundation for building a clinic and an orphanage in Kenya. 

All past Water For Children Africa Team members will be recognized.  A special salute of appreciation will be extended to David Massey, Education director at the San Diego Natural History Museum for the guidance he and his staff have provided.   

Kathy Loper Events has chosen Water For Children Africa as beneficiary of the 2009 Super Run on January 31, 2009.  For more information visit our web site. 

Interested parties are invited to join us.  Registration information is available at the Malcolm X Library and on line at www.waterforchildrenafrica.org or email water4childrenafrica@cox.net for further details or questions.

More info: 619-230-1190 | email: info@worldbeatcenter.org
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