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The Africa Group is a Hands-On Idea

"..Give a man a fish and you feed his family for a day.
Teach him to fish and you will feed them for a lifetime."

Dr. Beryl Dorsett is a gracious lady with a big heart, willing hands and a firm dedication to helping Africans enjoy a better lifestyle in peace and dignity. Africa Travel Magazine's editors met Dr. Dorsett, her son Ankhshashak Heru-Khuty Ankhmeni and members of The Africa Group at Lalibela, one of Ethiopia's Holy cities, in February, 2000. As International Governor of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. (NANBPWC, Inc,) she has a Herculean task. This involves travels to remote villages in Africa seeking unique ways to help women cope with issues of health, education, and economic development. The association is a non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations. One of the missions of its International Affairs Division is to help women in the global community find solutions to their dilemmas by improving their economic conditions, health standards, and educational opportunities. In this manner, the organization addresses the United Nations Platform for Action, an outgrowth of the International Women's Conference held in Beijing.

In November 1999, Dr. Dorsett visited Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia to attend the Sixth African Regional UN Conference on Women. While she was there, she traveled to one of its historic sites, Bahir Dar and inquired about the needs of the women in that area. She met with the leadership of the Amharic Women's Association and learned that Ethiopia is the fourth poorest country in the world and the most rural women are farmers, making less that 50- cent a day. Women toil in the fields all day long without any hand implements and walk many hours to transport their products to the market.

The Amharic women's Association has a membership to assist them plow heir fields. An ox would substantially increase their productivity and lessen their output of physical strength. In February 2000, Dr. Beryl Dorsett returned to Ethiopia with three members of NANBPWC, Inc. Alyce Thomas, Karen Drakeford, and Patricia Barrington. They successfully raised funds for 4 oxen, donated 250 pounds of clothing for women and children, and contributed more than $2,000 to a Christian Ministry to educate 100 children for one year.

A local school in Bahir Dar received school supplies and a badly needed microscope. Unfortunately, some children do not attend school. The monthly administrative fee of $1.50 for each child is not affordable for most parents. This does not include the cost of books and uniforms. Anyone interested in assisting the women and children of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, contact Dr. Beryl Dorsett in New York at 914-633-3008 or Ms Mary E. Singletary, UN Representative t 973&emdash;746-8472

_ Watch for a story by Dr. Dorsett of her visit to Nigeria
in December 2000. Appearing on this site and in our May Super Congress Edition.

A Helping Hand for Villagers of Cote d'Ivoire


Therese Haury has been a stalwart in the Cote d'Ivoire, helping establish health clinics in local villages and obtaining medical equipment from sources in Europe and America. Continued. More Great Causes



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