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.
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.
This event was a spectacular display of how Zambian Women host an event. Our Annual Hats and Tea Party Event serves to bring together communities that exist in the greater Seattle area, focusing on empowering women and encouraging our youth to focus on education. Our Theme this year was "Education at the Grassroot Level". AZISWA recognizes the importance of instilling the importance of education in our children and funds raised at the Hats and Tea Party went towards purchasing footwear for the Limulunga Community School in Western Province, Zambia.
Many thanks to the sponsors of this event: Fred Meyer, QFC, Costco and Tully's Coffee.
The Zambian Annual Independence Day Celebration and Fundraiser is held in October to celebrate Zambia's Independence. This event is packed with Zambian culture and tradition, food, fashion, arts, and dance. It is our much anticipated event every single year.