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WFWP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter held its 14th annual Benefit for the Schools of Africa on October 29th at the Bay Area Family Church. More than 50 people gathered to celebrate and support the schools located in eight nations in Africa.The program included a performance of the “Waka Waka” Dance by some young supporters as well as wonderful African music performed by Pope Flyne, a master drummer, keyboardist, and composer from Ghana. Mr. Flyne had everyone singing and tapping hands and feet to his fantastic African rhythms.Mrs. Folarinda Harrison, a retired teacher, educator and author who is originally from Ghana, was our main speaker. She spoke about the importance of education in Africa and especially the importance of educating girls. She emphasized that when mothers are educated, they are…
It seems self-evident to me that strong marriages and responsible parenting are crucial ingredients of a healthy society. Studies have repeatedly shown that a stable, loving family unit is more likely to result in positive social outcomes for children. (See www.acf.hhs.gov) Fortunately, our government and legislators are realizing this important truth that faith traditions have taught for centuries.President Bill Clinton first signed into law the Congressional Resolution (USC §135) which established the fourth Sunday of every July as a day to recognize, uplift, and support the role of parents in raising children. Thus, National Parents' Day was born in 1994.Since its establishment, faith groups and other activists have initiated activities such as essay-writing contests, family festivals, and parenting awards in order to mark the holiday.In my village, a rural Northern…
On Sunday June 26 in Yuba City, California, the Sutter County Library Literacy Program held a special women's cultural event called Women’s Dance where my daughter, Una, and I represented WFWP. We were invited to speak and have a display table to show what WFWP is doing. So we took our stacks of brochures and Logic of Love newsletters, my business cards and membership forms, and off we went.My friend, Dr. Mary Alice Shumate, the Sutter County Library Literacy Coordinator, who teaches English to immigrants working towards citizenship, wanted me to speak about WFWP at the event. I had met Dr. Shumate earlier this year at my third annual Martin Luther King interdenominational gathering at Yuba Community College.The Women’s Dance Festival event was initially started twelve years ago by Dr.…

"Love Changes Everything"

January 30th, 2016
Mrs. Maree Gauper, WFWP Chairwoman in Wheatland, California, worked with other concerned representatives from local churches to organize an event to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Approximately 100 people attended this third annual MLK interdenominational event. In Mrs. Gauper's welcoming remarks, she spoke about how her inspiration to organize the local MLK celebration came at a WFWP retreat in Savannah, Georgia, where she first heard from Ms. Carolyn Sampson, Chairwoman of the WFWP North Carolina Chapter, about the Dreamfest held to honor Dr. King in North Carolina. She quoted the WFWP co-founder's statement that Dr. King was the most important American of the 20th century, a point that was enthusiastically received by the mostly black audience. Also, in memory of Dr. King and his legacy, a…
The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of WFWP has collaborated over the years with the United Nations Association to hold many events, including an annual Peace Forum. In May of this year, WFWP held its annual Benefit for the Schools of Africa on May 16th at a beautiful home in Oakland. The emcee, Mrs. Patricia Fleischman, welcomed guests and introduced Mrs. Prabha Duneja, the local Chairwoman of the WFWP Schools of Africa Project. During her speech, Mrs. Duneja shared her experience of similar event meetings at the United Nations in New York, hosted by some of the Japanese WFWP members. Mrs. Duneja expressed her appreciation for the heart and dedication of the Japanese WFWP ladies, and how impressed she was with the wonderful results for all of the schools. President…
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