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MI NNESOTA African women Association, MAWA. Community Power 2012. Trainings in 3 different locations North West Hennepin - - Redeemer Covenant Church, Brooklyn Park. - MAWA Office Building Conference Room St Paul - Masjid Al Ihsan Mosque. Peer Educators: 15 AGILE participants

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Trainings in 3 different locations

North West Hennepin - - Redeemer Covenant Church, Brooklyn Park.

- MAWA Office Building Conference Room

St Paul - Masjid Al Ihsan Mosque

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Peer Educators:

15 AGILE participants

15 African women including 10 West African Female Community Leaders

Over 30 Somali women and girls joined the peer educator training in St. Paul

Trainings Facilitated by:

Hennepin County staff and MAWA staff persons – Anita Selin; LaBelle, Melissa Nambangi

Julia Earl, formerly of Preventing Harm MN

Ramsey County Staff person,.

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Volunteers assisting training sessions:

Hani Hussein

2 volunteers

MAWA board members

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Participants’ Responses: Loved It!
  • Enjoyed the visual, power point and
  • hands-on examples like how to read labels on cartons.
  • -Learning how to recycle and reuse materials and products.
  • Surprised by the simplicity of composting: how left-overs and vegetable peels can be used as fertilizers in their yard.
  • Buying in bulk: economical and good for the environment.
  • - Paper versus plastic.
  • - Home-made house hold cleaners using vinegar and baking soda. This was a huge and fun for the girls
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Goal:

Reach 2,700 Africans from both locations.

We have trained over 45 girls & women as peer educators

Have each reached 20 & more peers = 600;

Also in apartment buildings, schools, senior community center, church; mosque

Actions:

- Mosque and recycling bins

- Mothers getting rid of toys; making own household cleaners

Newspaper ads and articles – Mshale an African news Journal with thousand of African readers - ; MINCAM – over 1,000 members; VOICES Magazine - ; Somali radio program.

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St Kate’s student volunteer – presentation to girls and seniors on toxic harmful products and how to protect your home from poisons found in the products.

Peer education continues in the African community

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