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Ordinary Heroes For AFRICA, HAPPY NEW YEAR AFRICA Tags: News Africa News 2015

DEAR AFRICA

As we begin this NEW YEAR with celebrations and praises, let’s remember, deeply with our hearts, that we are witnesses to the accomplishments of those who fought and died from the deadly Ebola virus, and those who are still fighting against that virus; those who unite and joined others to either donate or organize a program or done some things to help the victim's of Ebola, may God/Allah' blessing and mercy lead you to endless victory, from and over everything and anyone that are evil.

Salute to those ordinary heroes of Africa who are, and were, on their feet and knees helping people and praying for better Africa, better World and for themselves --achievements and success, shall come; salute to some of Africa' late legends: Mandela and Chinua Achebe.

Also, salute to the innocent African children, women, and men who are suffering from great depression, abuse, hunger, and illnesses from our greedy African leaders, and those that lost their lives in the fight for peace and ones loved, we are with them in spirit.

The unknown and ordinary heroes, men, women and children, and elders that went on to perform such an extraordinary and difficult task and challenge to help curb with the deadly Ebola viruses, and without no help from some African governments, we want to salute you and others brave souls.

Therefore, Africans let’s rise with dignity, applaud with happiness and jubilate with praise, dance our ancestor's victorious dance, and call on the one and only GOD/ALLAH of this universe to UNITE Africa, “which is in peace with itself”. Furthermore, sing with Bob Marley “How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man, yeah to see the unification of all Africans.”

RESOLUTION QUOTE 2015:
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” Nelson Mandela.

Bob Marley once said, “Love would never leave us alone.”

ONE LOVE, ONE PEOPLE. AFRICA UNITE

California African Church's Ebola Donation Drive Shipment Heading to Liberia Tags: Delphina Swen Kofi Moulton Tim Wulah Alice Poison Ebola West Africa

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Mrs. Alice poison, Mr. Kofi Moulton, Ms. Delphina Swen and Mr. Bestman Larmena and others were named some of the best workers during the Friends In Jesus, the African church, first Ebola Donation Drive shipment to the affected West African region.


Sacramento, Calif -After a long and endless campaign and the unity of African and other foreign nationalities who came to together to help curb with the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, one of California African Church, which is located in California’s capital, sacramento, known as Friends In Jesus International Church's first Ebola donation drive shipment filled with donated medical supplies, food, equipment, and drink supplies such as surgical gloves, exam gloves, infrared thermometers, isolation gowns, body bags(adults and children), Oatmeal, cornmeal, flour, sugar, canned meat, van vegetables, beans, rice and among other supplies that are heading to the affected West Africa's Ebola region such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and perhaps Nigeria. 

The African church held an endless two Ebola Donation Drive events in which they were able to get all of the donated products (medical supplies, food, drinks, and equipment supplies) from big medical companies, medical supply hospitals, ordinary Africans and other foreign nationalities; the two Ebola Donation Drive events were successful due to huge support from all the African churches in the region and the common Africans themselves, friends, family, relatives, etc.

On Friday, November 26, 2014 which marked a historical day in the church's first big donation relief abroad (internationally), the African church gathered its members, other Africans (family, kids, women and men) in the region and foreign nationalities to help with the loading of some donated supplies into a big cargo container; the first Ebola Donation Drive cargo container shipment is set to leave California’s port for the West Africa's Ebola affected region in about a one or two days, Pastor Tim Wulah Jr, the senior pastor and founder of the church and the idealist of the Ebola Donation Drive committee, confirmed.

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And as people gathered to load the first cargo container shipment full of expensive donated supplies -which begins at 10:30 am PT to 7:30 pm PT, cheers from Mrs. Bendu Hunter, one of the inventory committee and others at the loading site gave those that were loading the cargo container a victory applauded performance -and with such praises, happiness and performance, the church was able, yet again, to win its first Ebola international donation cargo container shipment.

And even though there were people who loaded the cargo container, there were other extraordinary people that really enabled the church to complete its first Ebola international shipment; they are namely, Mrs. Alice Poison, who was actually in the container and trying to speed things up; Mr. Kofi Moulton, who was the head stacker, and he was accompanied by Mr. Bestman Larmena; finally, Ms. Delphina Swen, one of the extraordinary female loaders, made sure that all supplies were handled well, and people and stuff were safe; when she (Ms. Delphina Swen) was asked what encourages her to work that hard, she replied,“I am happy to take on this role. I am part of the community, and I did it not for the price but for the people who are suffering.”

On the other hand, however, Mrs. Alice Poison the extra- extraordinary woman felt that the church has done what it was made to do -and that’s helping the innocent Ebola's victims back home, and also showing that working together comes with victory over the deadly virus -which has claimed over 5000 victims -so far in the affected West Africa's Ebola region.

The estimated arrival of the church's first cargo container shipment, which is filled with food, medical supplies, and drink supplies, is scheduled to reach in the affected West Africa's Ebola region in late January; including in the first cargo container (on the medical side) are surgical gloves, exam gloves, infrared thermometers, isolation gowns, body bags(adults and children), medical supplies, vitamins, acetaminophen and other medical supplies; (for the) Foods are oatmeal, cornmeal, flour, sugar, canned meat, canned vegetables, beans, rice, canned or powdered milk, cereal, cream of wheat or other non perishable food; (finally,) for the drinks are bottled water, canned juice, canned soda, Gatorade and other health beverages; and no cash. 

Also, all the shipments including the first, second, third and perhaps the fourth will go directly to the people and not the government of the affected West Africa's Ebola region, the church committee responded to a question which was asked about “who is going to receive the shipment if it gets there [on the ground].”

Background: Church's Ebola Donation Drive Events:
While in Germany for a family visit, Pastor Tim Wulah jr, the founder and the senior pastor of the church, called a three day fast and prayer ceremony soon after his arrival back to Sacramento; but the church decided that it was not enough, and as a result, they rallied together in conjunction with other churches, organizations and news media to call upon on other Africans around the World and in the region to help ordinary Africans such as children, women and men back home -who at that time of the height of the wide spread of the Ebola virus were the victims.

And as a result of such urgency, the church held two back to back Ebola Donation Drive events, which ran on Saturday, August 23, 2014 and the following Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 9am to 6pm -and the church ended up with a warehouse and part of the church filled with donated supplies; also, they held an Ebola gospel concert in November, 1 2014, and it was hosted by some its most prestigious members: Mrs. Zinnah Barclay and Mr. Lobo Marwieh, Grandson of the late Bishop Marwieh -who was renowned for his peace keeping role in Liberia’s 14 year civil war.

Friends In Jesus International Church is part of the Nazarene churches and it’s located at 8115 Elder Creek RD, Sacramento, CA 95824; they are still accepting donations for the Ebola Donation Drive.

Source: Lartink@beeafrican.org

Spiritual Ebola’s Gospel Concert On 11/1 Hosted By Lobo And Zinnah Tags: Local News Ebola Liberia Lobo Marwieh

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Blessed are those that lost their lives, family members, and loved ones to the deadly Ebola virus. “May God have mercy upon them, and bless those that are ill with this virus.” And this called has enabled both Ms. Zinnay Barclay And Mr. Lobo Marwieh to have a “special” and a “spiritual” worship concert against Ebola.

 


The African church, Friends In Jesus International Church Of The Nazarene, named champion among other organizations against Ebola in Africa in California’s capital, Sacramento, by BEEAFRICAN.COM , invitation for a true and powerful spiritual Ebola gospel concert –which will feature African gospel singers around the region, will be held on November 1st 2014 —located at 8115 Elder Creek RD, Sacramento, CA 95824 —and Sunday service time is 11:30am - 1:30pm PT. And FREE admission.

Min. Lobo Marwieh and Ms. Zinnay Barclay are the host for this great concert —”aim to glorify God, the almighty and powerful, to spare our people. . . . And in Jesus Christ, our people are blessed,” the concert committees recite a prayer; both Mr. Lobo Marwieh, the grandson of the late archbishop Marwieh who was renowned for his peacekeeping role during Liberia’s 14 years of civil war, and Ms. Zinnay Barclay are the African church 14 years anniversary honorees, including Mother Padmore, for being the church “presto” members.

Below is the information for the Ebola concert.

Source: lartink@beeafrican.info

Tackling Gaps On Africa’s Maps Tags: News Africa Maps

DONATING to disasters used to mean writing a cheque to Oxfam or the Red Cross. In the internet age, however, citizens from all over the world are donating their time to the Ebola crisis by going online to build maps for relief workers.

Call it crowd-sourced cartography that can save lives.

Roads or paths to remote villages through deep forest in West Africa, bridges and river crossings, school buildings that can be used as temporary clinics, an open field for a helicopter landing — all these are visible from satellite imagery and provide critical information for delivering aid.

However, these details never made it onto official maps in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — countries too poor to worry about whether there are accurate Google Maps loaded onto smartphones.

So when the Ebola epidemic erupted earlier this year, Doctors without Borders, the American Red Cross and other groups on the ground found that unreliable maps made fighting the spread of the deadly virus much more difficult. They could not trace the likely vectors of transmission because they did not know the patterns of peoples’ daily lives, and they could not plan effective aid delivery.

Enter the collaborative Ebola project by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).

OpenStreetMap is a project to create a free, open map of the world, built by volunteers through GPS surveying, aerial imagery and public sources of geographical data.

Taking that concept a step further, HOT connects the OpenStreetMap community with humanitarian players on the ground to fill in the gaps on maps for disaster and crisis zones.

About 1,200 volunteers so far have logged onto HOT’s website, clicked on a map quadrant and traced in the rich geographic details visible from satellites.

A quick tutorial guides volunteers through the work, which is similar to using a software programme such as Adobe Photoshop. By using the satellite imagery to add details such as population density and connecting paths between communities, remote map makers give humanitarian groups vital tools for planning their ground campaign in combatting a disease that has claimed more than 2,400 lives.

"They will print out the maps poster sized and pin them on the wall to plan their work, how to distribute supplies," said Pierre Beland, a retired economist living near Montreal, Canada, who has turned his computer knowledge to map making.

For Andrew Buck, an unemployed computer scientist who logs on daily from his home in Fargo, North Dakota, the work transports him a continent away.

"You are acutely aware and start to get a sense of being in that place and learn about how people live, their farms, the fields, where the kids play soccer, the schools, and connections to the next village," Mr Buck said.

The volunteer cartographers have recorded 7-million data points so far and still have large swathes undone. By comparison, Typhoon Haiyan was 4.5-million data entries, and Haiti only 1.3-million, Mr Buck and Mr Beland said.

Source: Reuters

Gates Foundation Announces $12.4 Million to Improve African Sweet Potatoes Tags: News Food Bill Gates

North Carolina State University has announced a $12.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of research on sweet potatoes, a critical food staple in sub-Saharan Africa.

The four-year grant will help fund the development of modern genomic, genetic, and bioinformatics tools to boost the plant's ability to resist diseases and insects and better tolerate drought and severe heat. As part of an international collaborative that includes researchers from the International Potato Center; Michigan State University; Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University; the University of Queensland, Australia; the National Crops Resources Research Institute in Uganda; and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Ghana, NC State will also work to expand knowledge of the plant's complex genome.

A vital food security and cash crop with the potential to reduce hunger, vitamin A deficiency, and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, sweet potatoes have become a priority for the Gates Foundation's Agricultural Development Program. More than 13.5 million metric tons are produced in sub-Saharan Africa annually, predominantly in small plot holdings by poor women farmers.

"NC State has a long history of commitment to developing Africa's sweet potato breeding programs," said project director Craig Yencho, a professor of horticultural science in NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "We will work very closely with the sweet potato breeding community to identify young breeders for advanced training to build long-term capacity in use of genomic breeding. During the project term, we will make efforts in training to ensure that new researchers and partners are fully capable of employing newly developed tools."

"NC State Receives Grant to Improve African Sweet Potatoes." North Carolina State University Press Release 09/17/2014.

Source: philanthropynewsdigest

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