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Passion For Motherland Returns To London

 

Founded by Congolese Supermodel Lisette Mibo in London, Passion for Motherland (PFM) mission is to empower street children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, specifically in its capital Kinshasa. This empowerment movement occurs through the provision of shelter, education, healthcare, rehabilitation and family mediation programmes, as well as economic tools such as micro-economic loans.

In its 4th-edition now, Passion for Motherland (PFM) is getting ready for its annual fundraising event this summer in the metropolitan city of London, on Saturday, 20th August 2016 – from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm – at the Holiday Inn Hotel Regents Park.

Moved by the urge to put people together, Founder Lisette Mibo and the entire team behind her is aiming to raise funds and build awareness around the cause of street children in the DR Congo. For the past three consecutive years, Supermodel Lisette Mibo aims to further support existing charities running empowering projects at grassroots level in her home-country. Changing the narratives, through charity, the Congolese Model turned Humanitarian will once again bring crowds together, help showcase new talents in the Fashion, and Cultural industries, help entertain the guests while raising money for the night.

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The 4th edition of Passion for Motherland (PFM) will be a combination of a vibrant fashion show with live music, powerful poetry and a variety of specialist African stalls.
This year’s showcase is particularly important because all funds raised will be dedicated to supporting two projects:

– The initial construction of our very own shelter in Kinshasa, which will provide a safer environment for up to 300 street children over the next 3 years;
– Supporting Charité et Secours (CHARISECOURS), one of the organisations already helping street children on very limited budget.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PASSION FOR MOTHERLAND:

Tickets: Standard £25 – Front row/VIP: £50 – Limited VIP Tables: £100

For tickets information: www.passionformotherland.org /event@passionformotherland.org

 

FIRST ANNUAL HEART OF GOLD AFRICA FOUNDATION’S RAISES $2,500 FOR UGANDA’S CHILDREN & WOMEN

SYDNEY: August the 20th, 2014 – The Heart of Gold Africa Foundation, led by Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Suzan Mutesi from the Suzan Mutesi Fashion House, raised $2,500 for Uganda’s children and women at the first annual fundraising event held Aug. 15th of August at Water View Olympic Park

12333The event included a black tie ball, three (3) course dinners at Water View Olympic Park for two hundreds (200) participants. Lavishly costumed models became live installations/sculptures and were an amazing sight to view upon entering the reception hall. Local talented people from the creative fields of Fashion and Entertainment industries all came out in full form to support this worthy cause. Guests were welcomed with special dance and drum performances and were entertained throughout the night by a string of rising talent including The X-Factor’s Rob Vegas, Diana Rouvas from The Voice (whose awe-inspiring performance inspired standing ovations on many occasions throughout the night), Gazele Adira Abelle and Soli Tesema. There was a runway show from Fashion labels such as Wa-Nyika, and host Suzan Mutesi.

The Heart of Gold Africa Foundation hosted more than ten (10) celebrities: Three Wishes, Rochelle and Dan from the Bachelor, Timomatic Musician and Judge on X-Factor, Miss World Australia, Xfactor‘s Bec Quin and Model Alex. The black tie concluded with an Impromptu performance of “Amazing Grace” from all celebrities and a special performance from so you think you can dance Choreographer Tiana Canterbury and the Afrodisiaq.

“We are truly blessed. The generosity of our guests is absolutely amazing. The support of all of our sponsors and the dedication of all our volunteers is what made this event such a success,” said Suzan Mutesi. “We feel fortunate to be able to make this large contribution to Uganda’s children and women.”

The title sponsors for this ceremony were: Tropics Magazine, SBS, All Wedding Wishes, Suzan Mutesi Fashion House, AAMMA, African Women Groups, Oz Signs, WaterView, Kitten Jam and Hugos.

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About the Heart of Gold Africa Foundation

The Heart of Gold Africa Foundation is very proactively involved in helping people less fortunate than ourselves
Mission. This is a foundation that impacts human needs with love. The organization accepts help and value others reconciling humanity. The Heart of Gold Africa Foundation is a Christian organization which aims to make a positive difference to children and families of all faiths or none. Its main aim is to provide comfortable platform with a strong foundation. We aim to provide education and training, living skills and outreach that has been deprived from the local families, orphans and the Disabled. We want to provide sustainable access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene& health education to the communities in rural Uganda. Heart of gold Africa foundation offers opportunities for young people and adults to embrace their potential and envision their life taking a different path. The Foundation works to re-establish choice, self-worth and confidence in a safe environment, empowering young people and adults to move forward in their lives and make positive choices for their futures.
For more information about the Heart of Gold Africa Foundation, visit http://www.suzanmutesi.com/donate , or contact the Heart of Gold Africa Foundation at info@suzanutesi.com . For information about starting a new activity to benefit our organization, get in touch with us directly.

 

Media Contact:

The Heart of Gold Africa Foundation
“Educate. Love. Support”

Venicia Guinot • Tel: +27 (0) 72-749-2347
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Namibia: Unicef Steps Up Support As Namibia Grapples With Worst Drought in Decades

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up support, includingnutrition education and infant feeding activities, in Namibia, which is currently facing its worst drought in three decades.

00251333-324e6c1706745abf370fbfbac33df067-arc495x324-w495-us1According to thecountry‘s Directorate for Disaster Risk Management, all 13 regions have been affected by the drought, with major shortages of water, both for humans and animals, and food.

UNICEF said an estimated 778,000 Namibians, a third of the population, are either severely or moderately food insecure. Families are selling assets such as livestock, reducing the number of meals eaten in a day, migrating to cities to find work.

In May, the Government declared an emergency, and committed around $20 million to provide food and water to affected people.

Aid agencies have also stepped in to help, UNICEF pointed out, but added that as numbers of affected communities continue to rise, funding gaps are widening. The agency needs $7.4 million to help an estimated 109,000 children under the age of 5 at risk of malnutrition.

“Women and children are really bearing the brunt of the drought,” said UNICEF Namibia Representative Micaela Marques de Sousa.

“So, in addition to supporting the Government and key partners like the Namibian Red Cross, we are focusing on making sure communities have access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, that communities are educated about nutrition and early infant feeding and that school attendance is being monitored.”

The drought is aggravating an already serious rate of stunting, a form of chronic undernutrition, said UNICEF. In Namibia, 29 per cent of children under 5 are stunted – and in an emergency, early detection of malnutrition can often mean the difference between life and death.

Poachers Use Poisoned Arrows in Kenya

Poachers are enlisting local residents to assist in killing elephants using poisoned arrows in Tsavo Conservation Area, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported Tuesday (July 16th).

Source: Sabahi (Washington DC)
Source: Sabahi (Washington DC)

“So far we have lost four elephants and our veterinary officers treat between four and five daily,” said Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) assistant director at Tsavo Conservation Area Robert O’Brien. “It has become very difficult for us to trace the killers, as the poachers who used to pose as herders are now hiring villagers to kill the animals with poison arrows.”

Poachers adopted this new tactic after the police collected illegal firearms in Taita-Taveta area after the deaths of 12 elephants in January. The poachers shoot the animals and wait for them to die before removing the tusks.

O’Brien said four suspected poachers have been arrested with the help of the public and are awaiting appearances in court.

According to the KWS, 137 elephants and 24 rhinos have been killed in the first six months of 2013, with roughly half of them in Tsavo.

RDC – Aide alimentaire du PAM au Nord-Kivu

La directrice du Programme alimentaire mondial (Pam), Ertharin Cousin, promet une assistance alimentaire continue aux déplacés du camp Mugunga 1, à une dizaine de km de Goma (Nord-Kivu).

Source: Radio Okapi
Source: Radio Okapi

Elle l’a annoncé, vendredi 19 juillet, au cours de sa visite dans ce camp en présence du gouverneur du Nord-Kivu, Julien Paluku Kahongya.

«Nous distribuons déjà la nourriture dans ce camps. Cette assistance va se poursuivre. Je vais retourner vers les bailleurs de fonds pour qu’on puisse continuer à apporter cette assistance dans la quantité et qualité », a assuré la directrice de cette agence du système des Nations unies.

Pour Ertharin Cousin, il est important que la paix revienne au Nord-Kivu afin que ces déplacés puissent retourner dans leurs localités respectives :

«Nous serons votre porte voix pour tenter de ramener la paix parce que sans la paix vous ne pouvez pas rentrer chez vous et c’est très important pour nous».

La Pam distribue la nourriture sous différentes formes au camp de déplacés de Mugunga 1.

En mai dernier, cette agence avait également distribué 2 236 tonnes de vivres à 268 000 déplacés, hébergés dans trente et un sites, en territoires de Masisi, Rutshuru et aux environs de la ville de Goma (Nord-Kivu).

Cette agence du système de l’Onu mène cette opération en partenariat avec d’autres ONG humanitaires.

Le chargé de communication du Pam au Nord-Kivu, Jaounsede Pardon, avait indiqué que chaque déplacé, enfant ou adulte, avait reçoit 6 kg de farine de maïs, 1,8 kg de petit poids, 1 demi-litre d’huile végétale et 150 kgs de sel de cuisine.

{Sensibilisation} Journée Mondiale de la drépanocytose, le 19 juin

La drépanocytose est une maladie génétique du sang, qui affecte plus particulièrement les populations de race noire. Cette particularité explique qu’elle est, sur le continent africain, la première maladie génétique affectant, dès la naissance, des milliers de malades.

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La lutte contre la drépanocytose figure depuis 2009 parmi les priorités de l’OMS pour la zone Afrique et occupe le quatrième rang dans les priorités en matière de santé publique mondiale, après le cancer, le sida et le paludisme.

 

Mieux connaître la drépanocytose

Du grec drepnos, (la faucille), également appelée hémoglobinose S, sicklémie, ou anémie à cellules falciformes (sickle-cell anemia en anglais), la drépanocytose est une maladie héréditaire qui se caractérise par l’altération de l’hémoglobine, la protéine assurant le transport de l’oxygène dans le sang.

La drépanocytose n’est pas une maladie très rare. Elle est particulièrement fréquente dans les population d’origine africaine subsaharienne, des Antilles, d’Inde, du Moyen-Orient et du bassin méditerranéen. On estime que 50 millions d’individus en sont atteints dans le monde.

 

{Société} RDC: Augmentation des réfugiés centrafricains

Conséquence de l’instabilité et des violences qui se poursuivent à Bangui, la capitale centrafricaine, les habitants continuent de fuir vers la RDC de l’autre côté de l’Oubangui, la rivière qui sépare les deux pays. De plus en plus de familles arrivent dans la localité congolaise de Zongo, dans la province de l’Equateur.

00230576-d7561b0d9b33ee38c5aadfc9ec5b4ab9-arc495x324-w495-us1Située juste en face de Bangui, la petite ville congolaise de Zongo reçoit de plus en plus de personnes qui fuient la capitale centrafricaine. La traversée de quelques centaines de mètres s’avère parfois périlleuse. Une mère de famille est arrivée blessée par balles et a succombé à ses blessures après avoir été accueillie au camp de Worobe construit près de Zongo.

Ce camp de toile récemment construit est encore assez mal équipé : il n’y a pas d’eau, pas d’électricité. Worobe a vu sa population augmenter de 8 000 personnes ces deux dernières semaines.

Mais la surpopulation et les mauvaises conditions sanitaires ne sont pas les seuls problèmes. Il y a surtout les menaces qui pèsent sur la sécurité des réfugiés. Le camp se trouve au bord de l’Oubangui, la rivière qui marque la frontière. On craint toujours des intrusions, des expéditions punitives.

Avec les autorités congolaises, le Haut commissariat aux réfugiés (HCR) prépare un autre camp à Mole situé à 35 kilomètres, un peu plus loin de Bangui et de ses dangers. Mais le défi logistique est important : il n’y a pas de route, et pas de piste d’atterrissage.

 

Source:Radio France Internationale