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Women on Wednesday

Date: December 4, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Atwood Memorial Center Theatre
Description: Speakers.
Local to Global: The creation of NGATHA International
A local professor had a dream, a dream to create an organization to reduce the suffering of orphans in Kenya due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. There are more than one million orphans in Kenya due to HIV/AIDS alone, and in the general area of NGATHAís orphanage, there are over 10,000 children who have lost their parents. So, with passion and vision, she did the hard work to establish a board of directors, file for non-profit status, create the structures needed to run a non-profit and fundraise with enthusiasm. What was created was a locally run non-profit named NGATHA International or the National Global Association for Thrift and Humanitarian Aid, which is organized for channeling relief aid, poverty reduction, educational and socio-economic opportunities and empowerment, and much more.  Join us to hear about the evolution of a local effort serving communities across the globe.
Presenters: Dr. Mumbi Mwangi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic and Womenís Studies and Co-director of the Social Responsibility Graduate program at St. Cloud State University. She is the president/CEO of NGATHA International, a non-profit organization whose main objective is to restore hope and dignity to women and children in Africa. Dr. Mwangiis an author and the chief editor of the Journal of Global Gender Studies (JGGS). She is also a Public Policy Fellow having trained at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mwangi received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education from Kenyatta University, Kenya, and later obtained her Ph.D in education with a minor in Women's Studies from Iowa State University. Her scholarly and research interests are many, including feminist methodology, qualitative methodology, women and education, international/transnational motherhood, and global issues affecting women, particularly, in the third world.
Njeri Clement is taking graduate coursework in the Social Responsibility Masterís program. She received the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows student award for St. Cloud State University because she is deeply involved in community education, organizing, and volunteering. Clement also serves as board member and chair of program development for NGATHA International. She is currently organizing local community leaders and health care providers to assist in funding, building and providing equipment for a new health care facility for the orphanage. She speaks locally to a variety of groups seeking her expertise on women and childrenís issues in Africa. Recently, she has addressed the American Association of University Women, Senior Connection, and participants at the SCSU Global Social Responsibility Conference. She has engaged in internships with the SCSU Volunteer Connection program, National Association for Mental Illness, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in St. Cloud. Clement channels her many experiences to assist in igniting action locally and globally for peace and social justice.
Cost: Free
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'Women on Wednesday' Schedule

Date Time Location
December 4, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Atwood Memorial Center Theatre