Why Africa Matters: Globally and Locally-Church of the Messiah – April 14th, 2013

Why Africa Matters: Globally and Locally-Church of the Messiah Parish Hall, 6436 Montgomery [Route 9], Rhinebeck, 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

A free public forum with presentations from award-winning journalist Chi Yvonne Leina from Cameroon and locally sponsored economic and social development projects including Women’s Work, Infinity Culinary Training, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Meru Kenya Project, International Community Bakeries Project and US-Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities Project. Moderated by Dr. John Ryle, Bard College.

For more information contact

Dr. Shirley Jones at 845-266-3844.

why africa mattersChanging economies and social conditions are shaping both our global and local communities. Our restaurants and cuisine are being influenced by the spices and foods from Africa. Our travel to places such as South Africa is included in the brochures of travel agents. Africa is incorporated in our International Education Programs of colleges and universities. Our designers of fabric, clothing, and interior motifs are looking globally to satisfy the needs of local markets.

Global and local collaboration is becoming more and more dynamic in the twenty –first century.  The nature of technology and the internet has created a realization of the need for close bonds between people of our local community and our global communities. Infinity Chefs in Rhinebeck, Women’s Work in Poughkeepsie,  International Bakeries in Kingston, and the U.S.- Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities in the Mid- Hudson Valley are just a few of the local organizations who are working to help make this world a better place.
The Program includes international speaker Ms. Chi Yvonne Leina – a journalist from Cameroon Africa, and recipient of a 2012 “Women have Wings Courage Award”, given in the spirit of Amelia Earhart. Local presenters will include Ms. Cecilia Dinio Durkin of Women’s Work in Poughkeepsie, and representatives from International Community Bakeries/Bread Alone of Woodstock and Rhinebeck, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg Meru Kenya Project, Infinity Culinary Training, and US-Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities Project.