As we quickly approach the beginning of Kwanzaa in this the time of the Winter solstice, you are being asked to give a gift of support in a matter of collective security.
From ancient times, the winter solstice has been a time of celebration. The dark that has been building will now retreat. Light begins its return with all the gifts that longer daytime brings—warmth, color, and the power to grow. The return of the light that follows the winter solstice has long been seen as a time of awakening for higher consciousness. The growth of your inner light reflects the growing return of sunlight to a world in need of healing energy. Kwanzaa, derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili is a celebration of seven principles that form the foundation of strong families and community.
Each family/community/organization celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. The African Heritage Foundation celebrates Kwanzaa this year by organizing the many to assist the one. The principles of Kwanzaa, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among Africans in the Americas and the diaspora. The initiative of activism you will read of in this article is founded on each and every principle of Kwanzaa. The principles are:
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
A couple days ago I published an article about a case that was before the African Heritage Foundation, a charitable organization in Barbados. The article was about a family, a mother in particular whose parents were Barbadian and, who has returned to Barbados to reside. The mother is a Seven Days Adventist and previously homeschooled her two children, now aged 9 and 11 in the UK. The immigration department has told this mother that although she has received written permission from the Ministry of Education to homeschool her children, she now requires a Student Visa to do so. The laws within the Immigration Department does not allow for parents to apply for their children’s citizenship at the same time their application is being done. You can read the article about this here if you have not done so before…. http://www.afrikanheritage.com/if-my-parents-are-barbadian-then-what-am-i-talk-up-barbados/
The African Heritage Foundation seeks to address this matter further, in support of this parent, who we think is not being treated justly. The “Foundation” notes that addressing this matter will take time, and time is of the essence as the children need to have their citizen application’s done. This cannot happen without the student visa. At this point it would be prudent for the student visa to be obtained and then while the process is being done or after, present a formal challenge to the powers that be, questioning the requirement of having to obtain a student visa to homeschool your child/children.
The family in question is not a financially wealthy one, and as such as a charity, the African Heritage Foundation assists with the family’s needs as it pertains to the homeschooling of their children as much as it can. The student visa cost $300 BDN/$150USD each. Two are needed. We are asking you to help us help this family to obtain these visas for the children as soon as possible.
The African Heritage Foundation registered charity 1112 is asking you to give a gift of $20 to our efforts to raise the money for the visas.
If you can and are willing to make a contribution of $20 or whatever you can give, you can do so by:
- Taking your contribution to the African Heritage Foundation headquarters. This is located at the corner of St Barnabas Heights on Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.
- You can call 262 0068 and arrange to have your contribution collected.
- Persons residing outside Barbados can send us their contribution by Western Union. The name you will be sending the gift to is Felisha Osula Holder, address, “Emerald”. Two Mile Hill, St Michael, Barbados.
Please send us an email with your contact information when making the donation. This way we can send you updates on the progress of these children, and of the homeschooling service in general.
Our email address is email@example.com
You can visit our Home Directed Learning Service website here: www.alkebulanacademy.com
All persons making a contribution of $20 or more to this initiative will receive a badge with the logo of the African Heritage Foundation. Our small way of saying, thank you.
African Heritage Foundation