African Beat

May 17th, 2018


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In This Issue:

  • MOAA Frontpage
  • What's New with Your Mayor?
  • Rolling in Resources 
  • You Should Go
  • Get Hired 


The National Museum of African Art celebrates the Ethiopian Jewish Heritage


Join the National Museum of African Art for a celebration of Ethiopian Jewish heritage! Don’t miss this special screening of Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew (dir. Rebecca Shore, 2016, Israel, 43 min., Hebrew with English subtitles). In 1984, as a part of Operation Solomon, Mekonen Abebe and his family emigrated to Israel, alongside over 14,000 other Ethiopian Jews—but Abebe’s father died before he could make the trip.

WhenSunday, May 27, 2018 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: National Museum of African Art | 950 Independence Avenue, SW | Washington, D.C | 20560

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Africa Day Celebration


Observed in Africa and around the world, Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963. Today, the OAU is known as the African Union(AU), and their Pan African Diaspora Women Association(AU|PADWA) is partnering with the National Museum of African Art for an incredible evening to celebrate Africa Day..

WhenWednesday, May 30, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm  

WhereSmithsonian National Museum of African Art | 950 Independence Avenue Southwest | Washington, DC 20560

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Networking Happy Hour Hosted by the Young African Professionals (YAP DC)


Join the Young  African Professionals (YAP) for a networking happy hour with DC's best and brightest African professionals in the diaspora as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of transitioning to the motherland. bring your business cards and be ready to enjoy some food and drinks. 

When:Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 9 pm 

Where: The Board Room VA - The Champagne Room | 925 North Garfield Street | Arlington, VA | 22201

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Amadou & Mariam - In The Flex Stage!


Please join Amadou and Mariam for an evening of beautiful malian music and song. Amadou and  Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia. Their album Welcome To Mali was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album

When: Thursday, June 7, 2018 |  7:30 pm 

WhereThe Birchmere | 3701 Mt Vernon Ave. | Alex, VA

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IT Spec (App Sftware/Internet)

Department of Human Services (DHS)

This position is located in the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Information Systems (OIS), Application Support Division I (ASDI).  The primary purpose of this position is to bring new technologies to use in the Office of Information Systems and implement state of the art applications at DHS. Designs, architects, and leads the develop software applications and implement technology solutions based on business requirements provided by DHS staff.

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Social Worker

Child and Family Services Agcy (CFSA)

Works as a Social Worker in the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA); responsible for providing the full range of direct, professional social work services to children and families of the District of Columbia to include the areas of abuse and neglect.

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Consultancy- Regional Program Support-Central and Southern African      

Search for Common Ground

The Central and Southern Africa regional team manages a diverse range of programming across an array of country and conflict contexts. We have nearly 20 projects across Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Madagascar. 

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MOAA, MOLA and MOAPIA "Know Your Rights" Town Hall


On Thursday, May 17, 2018, The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) in partnership with the Mayors of Latino Affairs (MOLA) and the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) hosted a “Know Your Rights Town Hall”. The town hall featured speakers such as Hiwot Berihun, Legal Director at the African Communities Together (ACT); Abel Nunez, Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN); June Lee, Staff Attorney at the Asian pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) who have reiterated constituent’s right as District of Columbia residents in the area of immigration  as well as Betsy Cavendish, General Counsel of the Executive Office of the Mayor who provided information about the enhancement  of the  Mayor Bowers’ Immigrant Justice Legal Services grant program for the African, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander communities. 

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MOAA Grant : Success Story 
Asylum Seekers


Asylum Seeker Assistant Project (ASAP) was founded in 2016. It is the first and only nonprofit dedicated to serving the estimated 25,000 asylum seekers living in the Washington D.C. Metro region with a mission is to support the safety, stability, and economic security of asylum seekers and their families. In 2018, ASAP was awarded fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) by the Mayor’s office on African Affairs under the mayor’s African community grant program. Below is one success stories from an asylum seeker showcasing ASAP’s interventions and impact.

Mr. K is a 50-year-old Ethiopian male who worked as a child psychologist in his home country. He arrived in the United States in Dec 2016 after multiple arrests and detainments due to his political views. Mr. K heard about ASAP through his immigration attorney. While he was work authorized, Mr. K was working odd jobs including working in a 7/11. He was saving money to go back to school to earn a substance abuse counseling certificate. Mr. K had never worked with substance uses in any capacity but had heard these jobs were easy to get. Mr. K was originally skeptical as to how ASAP could help him, but he decided to enroll as a client. After receiving job coaching through ASAP, Mr. K realized he did not really want to work in a substance abuse. Instead, he wanted to work for a nonprofit or an agency serving children. ASAP recommended Mr. K for an internship at the AnBryce Foundation, a local organization that provides services to bridge the education gap among young children. Mr. K was hired as a paid intern for $12/hour for 30 hours a week. Mr. K has been working at the nonprofit organization for about one month and reports he is pleased with his position and learning a lot about U.S. workplace culture. 

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Mayor Bowser Announces Opening of Two New Child Care Spaces at UDC and Deanwood Recreation Center



On Tuesday, May 15, 2018,  Mayor Muriel Bowser awarded two available child care spaces to CommuniKids and Kiddie University, one space at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the other at the Deanwood Recreation Center. CommuniKids is an award-winning, multi-language immersion school that will provide additional, free pre-K3 and pre-K4 seats to District residents at the University of the District of Columbia, and Kiddie University will provide a Spanish-immersion program that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the Deanwood Recreation Center.

As Washington, DC continues to grow, we’re going to continue making the investments necessary to set more young people up for success and give more families the resources they need to thrive,” said Mayor Bowser. “We picked these two providers because their programs take a well-rounded, holistic approach to educating young children.”

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  Pledge to #SaveDCTAGSaveDCTAG


                                                                                                      MOAA calls on its community members to support the Mayor's fight to save the DC Tuition Assistance Grant program (DCTAG), a program that has helped 26,000 students attend and get through college. Today, President Trump released a budget proposal for 2019 that completely eliminates DCTAG. This is grave news for DC. It means that a college education for thousands of DC students is at risk. Congress can and should reject this proposal and fully fund DCTAG for 2019 and beyond.

Please help us save DCTAG by signing the #SaveDCTAG petition Here


DC Based Non Profit Supports Young Female Ethiopian Runners


The Girls Gotta Run Foundation started out with an effort to get running shoes to girls in Ethiopia.Now, more than a decade later, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is working with 100 girls and 40 mothers in the African country.And the Girls Gotta Run Foundation provides more than just shoes. Three-year scholarship programs in Sodo and Bekoji, Ethiopia, allow girls to stay in school while also running, receiving coaching and running gear, and learning life skills, according to the nonprofit’s website.

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Access Bank Internship and Executive Trainee Program: Going Home and Exploring



Get on board the Access Bank internship and Executive Trainee Program for an opportunity to make an impact on your homeland. Access Bank offers eligible graduates and postgraduates an opportunity to work in a challenging, fast-paced yet value-adding environment.

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CBE Clinic: Accessing Different Sources of Capital


Obtaining financing for a small business can be a challenge, particularly if you are start-up or may not have the credit history or collateral. What sources of capital are available to you as a small business? How do you prepare to be considered? These are a few questions Carl Hairston, City First Bank's Chief Lending Officer, will answer.

When: Wednesday June, 20th, 2018 | 1:00 pm  - 2:30 pm 

Where: 441 4th Street, NW | Suite 805S |  Washington DC |  20001                                                                                                    Point of Contact: Patricia Harrison | (202) 741-0806

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Washington English Center's Spring Community Services and Health Fairs


On  Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Washington English Center will; be host the Community Services and Health Fairs to connect adult immigrant students with organizations in the community that provide services of interest to our student body. 

Washington English Center hosts Community Services and Health Fairs every term during regular class hours so that it is easy for students to attend and learn about these services. WEC typically have about 150 students in attendance at each event. About 60% are from Spanish-speaking countries, and the other 40% are from all over the world.

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Where: 2200 California St NW | Washington, DC | 20008

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