Get a glimpse of the amazingly colorful Golden Jubilee celebration we had on the 24th of October, 2014. If you missed this event you have an opportunity to catch up with the action at the upcoming events. The Independence Celebration is a good time for AZISWA members to reconnect with our diverse and rich cultural heritage which we proudly put on display through various performances and shows.
The annual AZISWA Hats and Tea Event was a fantastic success, we thank everyone who turned out to support us and especially the ladies from our neighboring African Countries. Our focus this year was on "Managing our Money", we had speakers from BECU and Mother Africa, as well as great tips from the audience on how to save money and watch our pennies. This year we were so lucky to have Sarah Mwango attend and take some professional photographs for us, please check our Facebook for all of the photos, some are posted here on this page. Thanks to our sponsors for their support and generosity. AMEZAM shipping donated $200 towards the cost of the event as well as a raffle item, The Cheesecake Factory, Ivars, Mother Africa, AMC Theatres, Marketspice Tea and Jennifer Brown Jewelry all donated raffle items. The Fashion Show was compliments of Wagoma Burton. Our MC for the day was Yvonne Bochart and she was outstanding, thanks to the ladies who decorated the tables, prepared the food and made this event possible, we cannot do it without you.
Risho Sapano from Mother Africa shared some important resouces with us, the website for these are: StartZone's: Financial education, help with developing business plans and The Self-Development of People (SDOP): Applying for grants. Please enjoy some of the photos of the day.
Thanks to everyone for supporting the 2012 Independence Day Celebrations. Our speakers and special guests were informative and entertainment was provided by David Chirwa as well as traditional dancing and singing acts from within the community. As always the food was made possible by the hard working ladies with some help from the men on the BBQ. This is an important annual event for the community to get together to celebrate tradition as well as for members of the local Puget Sound Community to get to know Zambian culture. Check out additional photos of the night.
The Men's Brunch this year focused on Prostate Cancer Awareness. Speakers McDalla, Albert Mulenga and John Fogarty from UsToo provided great information and frank dialogue on the need to be proactive when it comes to prostate cancer prevention. A variety of educational materials were available. A buffet of Zambia foods were prepare by the Zambian ladies in the Community. Raffle prizes were compliments of The SHOWBOX, LA Fitness and Elysian Brewing Company. Music and sound system was provided by Davies Chirwa. AZISWA would like to thank everyone who contributed to the planning of this event and also to all of the men's who showed up and supported the event. Photos of the event are available for your viewing pleasure.
The Hats and Tea annual event focused this year on Breast Cancer Awareness. Our speakers: Tina Abdul-Aziz from The Center for Multicultural Health, Bridgette Richardson Hempstead from Cierra Sisters and Marilyn Calbert from the YWCA are to be applauded for not only sharing lots of important information with us but also engaging us in song and humor, all very important in the quest for good health. We were also very touched to have Susan Mhone share with us her recent journey through breast cancer. We had fantastic support from community organizations and businesses and we thank all of them: Tully's Coffee, Market Spice Tea, PCC Markets, Panera, DC Productions and Mary Kay. We also got support from the Susan G Komen Foundation with educational materials and a grant to facilitate the event. Thanks to all of the ladies who attended and we hope that you enjoyed it, learnt something new and met new friends. Above all thanks to the ladies within the Zambian Community who helped make this possible by donating time, expertise and ideas, we cannot do it without you. Check out some photos of the event.
St Benedicts Church in Wallingford, Seattle has helped raise funds for the school at their sister parish St Lawrence in Limulunga in Western Province, Zambia. AZISWA is invited to participate in Kuzibana every year.
The Independence Celebration hosted by AZISWA was a very successful event with lots of new and not so new faces from the Zambian Community and our supporting communities in the Northwest. The event was a fantastic display of Zambian tradition and culture which was reflected in the food, music, dance, language and dress. An event such as this helps everyone to understand the culture of a nation and its people and is very important when it comes to the education of the next generation of Zambians that are growing up in the USA. The diversity of the attendees this year made the event very special and AZISWA would like to thank all of the Zambians who extended their hand to their culturally diverse friends and made them part of this event. Our raffle prizes were compliments of Act Theatre, Pacific Science Center and NW African Queen Pageant. AZISWA would like to thank the speaker Dr Zeke Orgi, Davies Chirwa for his DJ Services and the ladies and gentlemen who provided us with song and dance. Zambian singer Dandy Krazy who was in the area, was also a special surprise guest for the night and AZISWA thanks him for his lively performance. Facility decor and the exquisite cake was definitely an eye catcher this year, the credit for these go to Yvonne Bochart and Sheena Sichula . Last but not least, to the ladies and gentlemen of the community that put in selfless hours planning, purchasing and cooking the food and organizing the event a great big - Thank You ! Photos and Video below
The first Mens Brunch was held at the Family Center Village at Angel Lake in Seatac, WA. The event was a great success and there is no doubt it will become an annual event. Men from the USA, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi came together to discuss and collaborate ideas on Africa's capacity and potential and also on ways to support each other as men in the community.
This was a great networking opportunity for all African men in the area. Mr Fred Muyumba, Mr Nelson Lubinda, Mr Fred Simposya and others delivered inspirational and motivational speeches that sent everyone home reenergized and with refreshed minds. A portion of the funds will be dedicated to the purchase of health and wellness items for children in Zambia. AZISWA wishes to thank all who were involved in putting on another great event and for the raffle items donated by Uhuru Restaurant, John and Angela Moyo, and Nelson Lubinda. Check out the video produced by Davies Chirwa and photos of the event below.
A very successful children's Clothing Drive conclued on June 12, 2011. Our members and friends donated a great variety of new and used children's clothing. These donations will be handed over to the Friends of Limulumga, who in cooperation with Construction for Change, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, spearheaded the Limulunga Community School Project in Western Province, Zambia.
In addition to the clothing, 144 pairs of footwear were also purchased from the proceeds of the Hats and Tea Fundraiser held on May 7, 2011. These items will be shipped to Zambia as soon as possible and will provide children with a sense of pride and confidence as they attend school and make their way to being the future leaders of our country. AZISWA thanks everyone who supported this event.