By Kaila Benford and Ephraim Abdullah
The weather is changing and so are we. To start, we are pleased to announce are newest staff member Kaila Benford (she/her). Kaila will be here at Africa House serving as our Assistant Director. Kaila is a Cleveland born theater artist and entrepreneur. She was last seen in Karamu’s 2019 production of Adventures of the Black Girl and her Search for God playing Black Mamba. When Kaila is not at the office helping, you can find her learning about holistic health, languages (her favorite is Hindi) and hanging out with friend’s, family, and her dog Rue.
AfricaHouse International a 501 c 3 organization has served in the Hough community for over 2 decades. One of the Founders Dr Willie Mackey, a NASA Astrophyscist (Scientist) remarkably is the Father of the STEAM Appoach towards education in the late 1990’s. Africa House International is the organization who put solar panels on the roof of the African American Museum of Cleveland and the Martin Luther King Jr High School.
AfricaHouse is teaming up with Little Africa and other community partners to celebrate 2021 Juneteenth Event at the Village family Farms June 19th in Hough
Health and Wellness- After the shock of COVID-19 accompanied with the internal hardships we feel each day, Loving Kindness Week has been created to help our communities by spreading health awareness and positive outreach. For Loving Kindness week this year we are happy to announce our Self-care challenge, Dare to self-care. June 1st to June 7th
The self -care challenge is inviting you to do something special for yourself and share it with the community by posting a one-minute video. In this video please state the area in your life you are giving care to. This can be mental, physical, spiritual and or emotional and express! Whether you want to read a short poem, dance or sing your heart out! We want to see how you dare to give self care. For more information and to register please visit https://www.lovingkindnessweek.com/
Outdoor Education- The African Solar Village Green Project (The A.S.V.G.P) was inspired by Dr. Willie Mackey. Though he is not with us, his work and passion live on in our work today. Dr. Mackey Solarized a village in Africa and brought that knowledge to the inner-city youth with the ASVOP (African Solar Village Outreach project). Dr. Mackey shared his knowledge in solar energy, math, and traditional African culture to Cleveland Ohio’s inner city. This year the A.S.V.G.P will be working to continue his work and we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help us with this project; education and training will be provided. If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering, please contact AfricaHouse International for more info on how to contribute. www.africahouseinternational.org
Arts and Culture, we have Global Artist Assane Seck here to play, the drums that is. Assane is our Artist in residence here from Senegal Africa. Assane is a Griot (an African performance artist who comes from a lineage of artists). Assane Seck is a master at his craft, and we are very excited to be working with such an amazing performer. You can catch up with Assane here at Africa house in our African drumming and dance class. He also gives Private lessons to our friends and members! Contact Africa House International for more information on working with Assane