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The Women’s Economic Self Sufficiency Program

Posted in Humanity, NEWS with tags , , on March 30, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

A Chinese proverb says, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

Most people understand agree with the concept, yet there are still those who argue with the cost of teaching a man to fish. The Women’s Self Sufficient Program is a project of the Center for Black’s Women’s Wellness. It was created to teach women and men to fish. Most people, women and men, have an idea that with a cultivating could feed them for a lifetime.  What is needed is help with the cultivation. That is where this program comes in. It provides life skills, business workshops, and technical assistance to low to moderate income women.

Training workshops cover:

  • How to write a business plan
  • Marketing & advertising strategies
  • Pricing products/services
  • Record keeping and taxes
  • Technical assistance

Program benefits include one on one coaching, peer support, networking opportunities, and access to financial resources.

The Changing Culture of Mozambique

Posted in HISTORY, Mother Africa with tags , , , on March 28, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Conclusion

Restoration

Floods, elections, and time have brought the Mozambican culture to a process of restoring and rebuilding. Refugees from the civil war resettled and political stability enabled economic growth from reforms. Inflation was reduced and trade resumed as a profitable part of the economy.

With the stabilizing of the government, changes in laws that affect social and cultural development have also been created and continue to grow. These changes promote an acceptable balance in tradition and development.  One such law is the new Family Law of March 2005. Before this law women’s work loads were overwhelming with no opportunities for improvement without a man. The new Family Law provides; changes in marriage laws, changes in social status, and aid in adjusting. With the new law women are allowed equal rights and status of men.

A Must Read Book

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, North America, Spotlight with tags , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Dare to be a Man: The Truth Every Man Must Know . . . and Every Woman Needs to Know about Him is the title to Bishop David G. Evans best-selling book. In it he does one thing that makes this book a must read – that is he puts to rest the concept of a man as being one who drives an expensive car, or keeps cash in his pocket, or attracts any woman he wants.

He replaces those worthless concepts with real values that comprise an adult, man or woman.  He dedicated chapters to concepts that say a man takes responsibility for his actions, leads by example, and seeks to solve problems. His book is a great teaching tool as well as a reminder that we are never too old to learn.

The only thing I am not keen on, is the presentation of all of this in the form of a dare. Dares are to ask if you would do something outside of what is good and right. There is no need to dare here. Instead of “Dare to Praise” just say Praise, Instead of “Dare to Accept Consequences” say Accept Consequences.

First African American Licensed Pilot

Posted in Awareness, HISTORY, North America with tags on February 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Elizabeth (Bessie) Coleman (January 26, 1896 – April 30, 1926), also known as “Queen Bess”, was the first licensed African American pilot. Bessie was born in Atlanta, Texas the tenth child of thirteen children. Gifted in math, Bessie walked four miles to a one-room school in Waxahachie and at the age of eight she became the family bookkeeper. She continued her education by graduating from high and a term at the Colored Agricultural University. At the university she learned of the Wright Brothers and Harriet Quimby, a woman pilot.

Bessie’s brother, a World War I veteran, told her of the women in France flying airplanes and Bessie was inspired to become a pilot. With help from the founder of the Chicago Defender, she attended a language school and an aviation school in France. France did not have racial discrimination and African Americans found opportunities there that were unavailable in the U.S.  There Bessie found the aviation class enrolled with men and women of all nationalities.  Bessie was the first African American to attend and receive a pilot’s license.