African Beat

May 17, 2019


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In This Issue:

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


Strengthening Ethiopia’s Educational and Institutional Capacity for Economic Development


The conference provides a multidisciplinary forum to engage educators, policy experts, R&D experts, educational non-profits and professional associations, and interested citizens. It presents an opportunity to learn from each other to network, and identify pathways for institutional collaborations in promoting and supporting quality and equitable education in Ethiopia. 

When: Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: 3506 International Drive Northwest | Washington, DC | 20008

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An Ankara Bazaar - DC


Ankara Bazaar resembles the vivid West African patterned fabrics (ankara) that inspire its creators and avid followers: vibrant and chic, yet warm and handmade. 
The event blends the best of a fashion and homewares pop-up store with the convivial energy of an open-air market, complete with music, food, and drinks. 

When: Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Idea Academy | 1027 45th Street Northeast | Washington, DC | 20019

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2019 Foodelicious Night


MOAPIA is hosting our annual “Foodelicious Night” as part of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebrations. Come enjoy exciting live cooking demonstrations by three of DC's AAPI chefs and get a chance to sample authentic Asian and Pacific Islander cuisines!

Free Admission, RSVP REQUIRED.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Catholic University of America - Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center | 620 Michigan Avenue NE |  Washington, DC | 20064

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Workshop Wednesdays - Creating with African Textile


The D.C. summer tradition is back. Join DPR and special guest Mayor Muriel Bowser and be among the first residents to officially Jump In on Friday, May 24th!

The day before ALL outdoor pools and spray parks open, on Saturday, May 25th at 11AM for Memorial Day Weekend! 

When: Friday, May 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Langdon Park Pool 2860 Mills Avenue, NE | Washington DC | 20018

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Taste the Difference by The Fresh Food Factory Market


Come for a delectable experience where chefs from Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and more will offer a taste of healthier prepared ethnic foods and beverages. The event is free; contributions are encouraged.

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Where: 1231 Good Hope Road SE | Washington, D.C |  20020

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TIS Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala


Join the TIS Foundation at its 25th Anniversary Gala. This event will honor the brilliance, fortitude, and power of female leaders, and celebrate a quarter of a century in benefiting our community through food drives, workforce development programs, scholarship funds, and more. 

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Marriott Marquis Washington DC | 901 Massachusetts Ave NW | Washington, DC | 20001

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SelectUSA Summit


The SelectUSA Investment Summit connects qualified foreign firms directly with U.S. economic development organizations to facilitate business investment and job creation. The Investment Summit features senior government officials, C-Suite business executives, and other thought leaders and facilitates vital direct connections between investors and EDOs.

When: Monday, June 10 - Wednesday June 12, 2019

Where: Washington Hilton | 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20009

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job opp

Project Management Unit (PMU) Manager, West and Central Africa and Haiti


The manager will be expected to assist the PMU director with tasks related to project management, while providing guidance and supervision. Successful candidates will assist in monitoring project finances and budgeting, backstopping local personnel, subcontract management, client relations, and organizing project files.

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Social Development Specialist

World Bank Group

The LCR Social Development Unit is looking to recruit a Social Development Specialist to support social development through social safeguards and the new Environment and Social Framework work, as well as supporting coordination and portfolio monitoring of the unit. The Social Development Specialist will work under supervision of the Social Development Practice Manager for LCR, in close collaboration with the Regional Social Safeguards Coordination Team.

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Deputy Director, Anglophone Africa Market Group

Population Services International (PSI)

The Anglophone Africa Market Grouping is one of PSI’s top performing markets with 13 countries (Ethiopia, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda Zambia, Zimbabwe). They generate approximately 30% of PSI’s global health impact with about $100 million annual budget. They are looking for a Deputy Director to help us manage and support the 13 countries in the Market Grouping. The DD works closely with the Sr. Market Director co-leading the market group to help make markets work for consumers and deliver health impact.

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Field Analyst – West Africa

Conflict Armament Research

PURPOSE | To support field operations in conflict-affected areas in West Africa and the Sahel region, including Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

RESPONSIBILITIES | In support of CAR’s field teams, Field Analysts will be deployed on field missions to conflict, post-conflict, and hostile environments to document recovered military materiel.

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Clinical Director of Coordinated Care (Spanish/Amharic preferable)

Mary’s Center

The Clinical Director of Coordinated Care is a health leader and Registered Nurse (RN) who is responsible for the oversight, management and growth of Mary’s Center’s programs for coordinated care, including Health @ Home (Primary Care Telemedicine) and My Health GPS (Health Homes 2). Additional Language Skills preferable(Spanish and/or Amharic preferable)

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2nd Annual African Community Soccer Game


Please join the Mayor's Office on African Affairs for the 2nd Annual Washington Community Soccer Game that is being held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Columbia Heights Education Campus. In partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Metropolitan Police Department, the event will unite the African Community in an afternoon of soccer, music, food, and presentations to kick off the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The soccer game kicks off at 2:00 pm

The Youth soccer clinic will be held at 3:30 pm

For reasonable accommodation or additional information please call 202 727 5634 or email

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm                   

Where: Columbia Heights Education Campus | 3101 16th Street NW | Washington, DC | 20010

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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off DC’s 2020 Census Campaign


On Thursday, May 16,2019, Mayor Bowser officially kicked off the District’s 2020 Census efforts by presenting a proclamation to honor the selection of her Complete Count Committee.

Getting an accurate count is critical for DC to get the resources it needs to give everyone living in our city a fair shot,” said Mayor Bowser. “Despite efforts by the federal government seeking to intimidate our most vulnerable communities, the District is committed to counting all of our residents in an easy and secure process. We assure all residents that there is no risk in responding to the questionnaire, and that it is illegal for information to be shared with federal law enforcement.

Mayor Bowser included $2.5 million in her Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal to support the District’s Census efforts. The engagement process starts almost one year in advance of Census Day (April 1, 2020) and will continue through early 2020.

For the first time, Census questionnaires can be completed online. Residents will also have the option to provide their information by phone or request a paper questionnaire. A postcard will be sent to each District household in March 2020, with instructions to go online and fill out the questionnaire.

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Council Chairman’s Sweeping Cuts to Affordable Housing Will Harm DC Families


Today, Mayor Bowser released the following statement about the Council Chairman’s proposal to cut affordable housing investments by $45 million:  

The budget I sent to Council was fair, bold, and made big investments in building and preserving housing for working families and seniors. By cutting these investments by $45 million – including completely eliminating the Housing Preservation Fund and the Workforce Housing Fund – what the Council Chairman has done is cut funding for more than 2,300 affordable homes. Without this funding, more families will be displaced from our city and fewer new homes will be affordable for low - and moderate-income residents.

Overall, the Council Chairman cut the Mayor’s housing affordability investments by $45 million:

  • Decreased the Housing Production Trust Fund ($10 Million), affecting 100 families who would have benefitted from housing that is kept affordable for 40 years.
  • Eliminated entirely the Workforce Housing Fund ($20 million), preventing the District from increasing access to housing for teachers, first responders, social workers, hospitality workers, and others who serve the District.
  • Eliminated entirely the Housing Preservation Fund ($15 million), putting at risk thousands of residents who are likely to get displaced and lose their affordable housing in DC.

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Mayor Bowser Awards $2.1 Million in Great Streets Small Business Grants to Transform Neighborhood Corridors


On Monday, May 13,2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner awarded over $2.1 million in Fiscal Year 2019 Great Streets Small Business Grants to 45 local small businesses. The investment continues Mayor Bowser’s effort to support local businesses, create new job opportunities for DC residents, and grow the District’s emerging neighborhoods. The Council has proposed cutting $2.1 million from the Great Streets and Neighborhood Prosperity Fund programs, and, at today’s event, the Mayor highlighted how these programs are a critical tool for attracting and supporting small businesses.

Small and local businesses are the backbone of our city’s economy – they hire locally, spend locally, and encourage residents and visitors to shop locally,” said Mayor Bowser. “With the Great Streets and Neighborhood Prosperity Fund programs, we’re making it more affordable to open and sustain a small business in our community. These are the types of programs that make our economy more inclusive, help us build thriving retail corridors across our city, and create DC jobs for DC residents – investing in them should be an easy decision.”

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D.C. Chef Kwame Onwuachi Wins 2019 James Beard Award


Standing at the dais at the James Beard Foundation awards Monday night in Chicago, Kwame Onwuachi accepted the award for Rising Star Chef of the Year by acknowledging his amazing personal journey and the history of African-American cooks at large.         

Shortly after winning the first medal of the night, the Kith and Kin chef spoke about how just eight years ago, he was selling candy on a subway in New York to finance a dream of cooking professionally. Five decades earlier, he wouldn’t have been allowed to eat in many restaurants, let alone lead one.

Now he crafts the cutting edge Afro-Caribbean menu at a restaurant inside the posh InterContinental hotel in Southwest D.C.“54 years ago is when the last restaurant was integrated and Jim Crow was lifted, and here I am,” Onwuachi said, “my ancestors’ wildest dreams.”

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Saray Khumalo is the first African woman to conquer Mount Everest


Once, twice, thrice she failed but for the failure seemed to have been only her booster. She has now made history after conquering the highest mountain above sea level, the famous Mount Everest.

This is the story of South African Saray Khumalo who is officially the first black African woman to make it to the summit of Mount Everest. It took her 27 days to get to the top of Mount Everest.

The government, local media and South Africans on social media are celebrating her feat. “Congratulations to iMbokodo Saray Khumalo for being the first Black African Woman to reach the top of the world by conquering Mount Everest,” the government said on Twitter.

My dream is to go higher and go further for as long as I breathe. To pave a way for my children and other ordinary people, so we may realise and accept that ordinary people like us can achieve extraordinary heights."

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Zimbabwean scholar named one of the most inspiring women in the world


A Zimbabwean scholar will be honored with a life-size statue in New York alongside media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and the popstar Pink for their work championing gender equality.

Tererai Trent is among 10 women who have been named most inspiring women in the world. The list includes conservationist Jane Goodall, activist Janet Mock, chemist Tracy Dyson, author Cheryl Strayed and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

All 10 women will have life-size bronze figures unveiled by StatuesforEquality in the United States on Women's Equality Day on August 26.

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DC Infrastructure Academy (DCIA) | DOES


The District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy (DCIA) is excited to roll out our new year of programming and opportunities! Infrastructure is one of the fastest growing industries in the country and DCIA is committed to meeting the need for skilled infrastructure professionals in Washington, DC. This upcoming year, DCIA will offer the following Career Pathway training opportunities: Interested in employment in the Infrastructure Industry? Please join us for an upcoming information session(s) to learn more about our course offerings and requirements.

When:Tuesday's | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. & Thursday's | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Where: DC Infrastructure Academy | 2330 Pomeroy Road SE | Washington, DC | 20020

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English Conversation Class at Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC)


Are you interested in practicing your English language skills? Come to TASSC for its weekly English conversation and grammar class, led by a Master’s level English Teacher. The class is for all levels of English learners.

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Where: TASSC International | 4121 Harewood Road Northeast | Suite B | Washington, DC | 20017

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Know Your Rights Event hosted by Multicultural Community Service


Multicultural Community Service will hold a Know Your Rights event followed by an intake session with immigration attorneys. All are welcome to attend.

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 |  7:00 pm

Where: Josephine Butler Parks Center | 2437 15th St. NW | Washington, DC | 20009

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Office of the State Superintendent of Education Multilingual Learner Conference


The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is pleased to announce its first Multilingual Learner Conference on Friday, June 7-Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Washington, DC at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. This conference will convene teachers, school leaders and service providers who support preK-12 dual language and/or English language programs, all united as change agents empowering student success through language learning.

When: Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June, 8, 2019 | 8:30 am- 3:30 pm

Where: Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center | 800 Florida Ave. NE | Washington, DC | 20002

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Parent Advocacy Group Meeting hosted by Renaissance Center


Special needs parents providing an opportunity for parents of special kids to find acceptance, support, and help as advocate for their children.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Where: Lamont Riggs Library | 5401 South Dakota Ave NE | Washington, DC | 20011

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African Diaspora Young Leaders Summit


The African Union Mission to the United States is calling all young African leaders between the ages of 25-35 for their 2nd Annual African Diaspora Young Leaders Summit.

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DPR Summer Camps Registration Now Open!


Once open for registration, DPR summer camps remain open until full capacity is reached and/or the first day of the summer camp session. Once at capacity, each summer camp offers a waitlist for prospective families who are interested in sites that have high demand.

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DC Health Link Open Enrollment for Small Businesses

DC Health Link

Find the right medical, dental or vision insurance plan for you, or for you and your family.

Open enrollment for Small Businesses(1-50 Employees) continues.

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The Writing Resumes & Job Interview Techniques Course

Join DC Public Library for skill assessments for adults who need a high school diploma (GED or National External Diploma) and tutoring for those with skills at the high school level. Tutoring takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m. Assessments take place on Wednesdays only.

Please note: In order to qualify for tutoring, you must take the assessment first.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library | 1630 7th St. NW | Washington,  D.C | 20001

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This help participants to construct a resume that makes an effective and dynamic first impression.  Participants will also gain insight into strategies that today’s interviewers use when making their selection. This course will also assist participants in understanding how to avoid common interview errors, learn how to answer typical interview questions, & discuss how to formulate thoughtful interview questions.

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month from
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Where: 1015 Half Street SE | 9th floor | Washington, DC | 20003

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