Our president, Sheldon Williams, helped organize the United State's Coast Guard's (USCG) celebration of Native American Heritage Month on Base Alameda in Alameda, CA.
EDFU Foundation's president, Sheldon Williams, with the guest of honor, Rochelle Diver.
Grounded in Tradition, Resilient in Spirit
Mr.Williams is a Chief Warrant officer in the USCG and is active in promoting diversity and inclusion within the force. This year, he made sure the celebration was a success and honored America's indigenous community. He reached out our Rochelle Diver to be the 2021 guest speaker. Ms.Diver spoke about the history of the Native peoples in the Bay Area, the occupation of Alcatraz, and the Indian Treaty Council and how they went to the United Nations to urge them to create what we know today as the United Forum for Indigenous Peoples.
Rochelle Diver, Anishinaabe, is a member of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. She is currently a consultant for the International Indian Treaty Council’s (IITC), an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific working for the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous rights, treaties, traditional cultures and sacred lands. Rochelle’s work focuses on the interconnectedness between environmental toxics, women’s reproductive health and health for Indigenous women, girls, and future generations. Rochelle feels a strong obligation to fight for clean air, water, and food sovereignty near her homelands in the Great Lakes region as well as around the globe. She has proudly represented her Nation and the IITC in various United Nation’s Treaty Bodies and mechanisms including the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She has also organized grassroots human rights and capacity building trainings on environmental health locally, nationally and internationally. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from University of Minnesota in Sociology and American Indian Studies and Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Information provided by SDG Compass.
Goal 8 targets:
Information provided by The Global Goals.
Graphic and information provided by the United Nations.
What EDFU Foundation is doing to support decent work and economic growth by 2030:
Edfu Foundation fully supports equality in the work place and in decision-making. EDFU Foundation's board currently has 3 women, including 1 that is an officer. We are always open to women joining our organization!
Trade In Africa
EDFU Foundation was a sponsor for our board member, Dr.Dimah Mahmoud's presentation and discussion of trade in Africa. The two-part series focused on the colonization and gentrification of trade in Africa with a focus on women.
Watch the discussions on our Facebook page.
DO YOU FEEL ECONOMIC GROWTH IS ON A SUSTAINABLE PATH IN THE AREA WHERE YOU LIVE?
IS YOUR CURRENT WORK PLACE DIVERSE?
WHAT ARE WAYS TO CREATE STABLE JOB GROWTH IN YOUR COUNTRY?
HOW CAN YOU YOUR WORK PLACE BE MORE RESPONSIBLE WITH CONSUMPTION?
IS THE PAY SCALE AT YOUR JOB FAIR AND EQUAL?
HOW CAN WE BETTER PREPARE THE YOUTH FOR EMPLOYMENT?
IS SLAVERY, TRAFFICKING, OR CHILD LABOUR AN ISSUE WHERE YOU LIVE?
DO YOU FEEL YOUR WORK PLACE IS SAFE?
IS BANKING EASILY ACCESSIBLE WHERE YOU LIVE?
HOW CAN DEVELOPED NATIONS AID DEVELOPING NATIONS IN TRADE?
EDFU's Bay Area Street Program held our 3rd annual Turkey Giveaway on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. We successfully gave away 50 turkeys to the Oakland, California community.
EDFU Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make this years Turkey Donation a success!
EDFU Foundation would like to thank all of our Bay Area Street Pantry volunteers and the staff of the Melrose Library in Oakland, CA! Without all of you, we would not be able to continue to operate at such a high capcity. You all helped make this years turkey giveaway a success!
EDFU Foundation would like to thank our ANONYMOUS PayPal donor for their generous contribution!
Giving Tuesday is November 30, 2021
Giving Tuesday is fast approaching. Please, consider donating to EDFU Foundation on this special day of giving so that we can continue to provide quality programs like the Bay Area Street Pantry and Afronauts. Your donations also allow us to continue to present parallel events during CSW and other United Nations conferences and we happily highlight and share other organizations on this global stage. We have several methods for donations, as well as specific campaigns we're holding.
is helping with goal #7: to ensure affordable and clean energy access for all
Do you currently have access to clean energy?
Is energy affordable where you live?
How can we be more efficient with our energy?
What do you primarily use energy to power in your home?
Is the energy in your area reliable?
Donate: Holiday Hygiene Campaign / Afronauts / CSW66 / Sankofa / Ylê Asé de Yansa
Ylê Asé de Yansa
Our CEO, Sheldon Williams, has returned from Araras, Brazil where he spent time the Ylê Asé de Yansa. He shared in their culture, practices, and daily routines, while also helping them rebuild and plant trees.
Bay Area Street Pantry
This week, the Bay Area Street Pantry welcomed new volunteers and we're happy to see our weekly volunteers as well! We are always looking for help and volunteers, so if you're able to volunteer, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Volunteer Needs:
Holiday Hygiene Campaign
TRADING AFRICA: THE GENTRIFYING COSTS OF DIASPORA INVESTMENTS
Part 2 of the Trading Africa Series
Hosted by Dimah Mahmoud
Our board member, Dimah Mahmoud, hosted a discussion and conversation panel about the stereotypes, sexism, and Western dangers of trade in Africa on October 20, 2021. We broadcasted it on our Facebook page when it was live and it can still be viewed there now.
On October 29, 2021 the series continued with part, talking about the gentrification in African trade. This video was also broadcasted on our Facebook page and can now be view there as well.
This conversation is far from over and the problems still exist. Stay tuned with us for future updates regarding this series. If you want to know more or help with the cause, please search Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for: #AskMoreQuestions and email us addressing Dimah and we will forward it to her!
EDFU Foundation supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Access and improve: Drinking Water Sanitation Wastewater Freshwater Supplies
Sustainable Development Goal #6 Targets:
What EDFU is doing to ensure clean water and sanitation for all by 2030:
Theme: Climate Change
Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs.
EDFU Foundation is an ECOSOC NGO and will be attending CSW66.
EDFU Foundation will be attending and holding parallel events during CSW66 in March of 2022, where Climate Change will be the main topic. We will focus on access and equality to resources including water and sanitation.
Do you have access to clean and safe water?
Do you have access to proper sanitation?
What or where is your main source of drinking water from?
Is clean water affordable to you?
Do you feel your local water waste is properly and effectively treated?
How can you be more efficient with your water-use?
Is water in your local ecosystems clean and safe?
How can we help improve water for wildlife?
Update for the week of October 30th, 2021.
Our president is in Brazil right now with the Ylê Asé de Yansa quilombo!
Through our campaign, we were able to raise enough money to provide 1 laptop to the Ylê Asé de Yansa.
Here is our president, Sheldon Williams, gifting the mother elder of the quilombo with the laptop we purchased for them with your help!
What is EDFU Foundation doing to help Gender Equality?
EDFU Foundation is a major participant at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that is held annually every year at the United Nations. Every year for the last 5 years we have attended and in the last 2 years we have held side events (panels) to coincide with CSW.
EDFU Foundation presented "Daughter's of the Horn" at the CSW65 virtual event in 2020 for CSW65,
EDFU Foundation Board
EDFU Foundation currently has 3 women on their board, including 1 that is an officer. We are always looking to add women who have values and missions that align with women.
EDFU Foundation continues to work with women's organizations and to be a voice in the equal rights movement.
In what aspects of your life do you not experience gender equality?
What aspect of this goal (goal 5) concerns you the most?
How do you make sure women are included in decision-making and conversations?
How can your job and/or school be more inclusive for females?
Why is gender equality important for you and for the world?
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We're down to the final hours of our campaign for the Ylê Asé de Yansa in Brazil. We need to get laptops to these children so they can learn! This particular quilombo is Sao Paulo has been greatly effected by COVID-19 and without in-class sessions, these children are not able to continue their education properly. Please donate if you can and share so we can get laptops to these children!
We have raised $305 of the $3,000 we're asking for this trip we're taking to deliver laptops and physically help rebuild their community building so that the children have a safe space to learn. A *big* THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far and helped to spread the word! See a special message from our founder on our Instagram or Facebook page!
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