“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” African Proverb
We are delighted to announce that Prince Alfred Nsodu Mbinglo, Nso Kingdom, Kumbo, Cameroon will be in attendance for a fundraising Holiday Party in Santa Cruz, California to raise funds for school fee support of young migrants, rescued trafficking victims and vulnerable children in Cameroon and Ghana. The Research and Counseling Foundation for African Migrants (RECFAM), Mr. Mbinglo’s NGO, promotes safe migration and child protection towards development. ArtDialogue (California/Czech Republic) is pleased to host the event at the beautiful WestCliff Drive location in northern California.
After several years of planning and discussion, ArtDialogue is committed to collaborating with the blossoming cultural capital in Kumbo, Cameroon, where Prince Nsodu Mbinglo and his brothers, including Dr. Ajume Wingo, are creating a new cultural institute, African Research and Exchange Academy (A.R.E.A.). A.R.E.A will eventually assist RECFAM to provide a compressive and sustainable solution to the perennial problems of irregular migration, human/child trafficking, protection of vulnerable children and help manage it for accelerated socio-economic development of the country.
ArtDialogue’s vision, since the revolutionary changes in Central Europe in 1989 - where the organization began, is to expand the definition of Art into the larger cultural context to inspire social change through transformative education. ArtDialogue fosters a praxis-based, educational environment that grows from the natural sciences, philosophy, civil society, and the arts.
Recent events in Europe and the Middle East could enhance fear, when indeed we are encouraged to act more forcefully to open dialogues on the connection of climate change, drought, poverty and migration that will eventually affect the entire planet. RECFAM has a long history in working with young girls and women in West Africa. This event is a unique chance to meet in person the founder of the project from Cameroon and Ghana, Nsodu Mbinglo, and celebrate West African culture at it’s finest.
We look forward to establishing new relationships with local sponsors, artists, press, and friends of Africa to create a memorable evening of music, dance, food, friends and community that will grow to lend support to children who are fleeing violence and poverty in search of a safe life.
“a person is a person because of a person.” African proverb