The following is a letter from my daughter to you all, our family and friends, in order to gain some financial assistance for her travels to Ghana and Ethiopia this summer with HABESHA Inc.
As we all know, these are trying economic times and with that knowledge, we are asking the collective village for help with this life changing experience for Tihira...
To all of my Family and Friends,
I was recently accepted as a participant in the HABESHA Black To Our Roots Program for an educational tour of Ghana, West Africa and Ethiopia, East Africa this August. This program takes youth to Africa so that we can experience Africa outside of the classroom and outside of textbooks, which cannot possibly tell all we want to know about Africa. The program also strives to show us that Africa is all around us, especially here in Baltimore! During one of our weekly Sunday meetings, we had a scavenger hunt around Baltimore City visiting varied Afrocentric locations such as Everyone's Place African Cultural Center, a Yoruba church and Dukem, an Ethiopian restaurant, just to name a few. The Black To Our Roots Program is a wonderful chance to discover our African heritage in an exciting way. To find out more about the HABESHA Program in Baltimore, go to this website: http://habeshabmore.org/ and peruse the program information and videos!
There are many reasons why I want to travel to Africa this summer with the HABESHA Black To Our Roots Program. One is that although I have been privileged enough to attend a school that taught me about the different tribes in Africa and the major kings of Africa, I would still like to have the first hand experience of going to the place of my ancestors and to gain in-person knowledge of Africa. Books and discussion can only tell you so much. I want to try the cuisine of Ghana because I have already tried Ethiopian food and I love it! I think that eating the cuisine of a country can also give you a better understanding of the types of things that grow in Africa's climate and about the people in the way they prepare and eat the foods there. I hope that after my journey to Africa, I will have a stronger sense of my own heritage and culture. I also hope that it will allow me to become someone who can break the misconceptions about Africa and Africans by telling people of the wonders I expect to see and capture for them with my camera lens.
I am currently asking my family and friends for financial sponsorship to help me with the cost of my trip. I hope that I can count on your support. The program's cost of $4,000 includes airfare, meals, transportation within the country, accommodations and educational activities. I order to fundraise for the opportunity I am starting an online business featuring my own line of handmade postcards and prints of photos that I have taken here in Baltimore and abroad. This business will be ongoing and will feature photos from Ghana and Ethiopia as well. Once my Etsy site is up and running I would hope that you would patronize my business so that I can fund my trip and/or give a donation of at least $20 to my Eventbrite page - but remember, every and anything you can donate counts!
Will you please assist me by making a tax-deductible donation? I plan to share my experiences with you all when I return by presenting my journal and photographs, so that you too will be able to experience some of what this opportunity represents for me.
Please make checks payable to HABESHA, Inc. and send to the following address with this in the note section: Tihira Turrell/HABESHA Trip. 2502 Eutaw Place #200, Baltimore, MD, 21217. Or submit your donation, contribution or sponsorship with your credit card through this site.
Thank you for your generosity of spirit and your gracious consideration of support.
Tanefa (Faye) Wallace