Mutual Aid Benefit

The African Women’s Initiative of Ithaca held its first public event, a mutual aid benefit, for Owego (NY) and Mogadishu (Somalia) on December 3rd, 2011 in downtown Ithaca, at the Women’s Community Building. A vast transcultural crowd of attendees from Ithaca and neighboring communities joined to support the resilience of Owego and Somalia and celebrate the richness of the many African countries represented in the food, clothes, dance, storytelling, and music. The proceeds from this evening of celebration helped people who have suffered flooding in Owego, NY, and those impacted by the famine in Somalia. These people were reached through the Tioga United Way & the Hawa Abdi Foundation; each of which received half of the proceeds raised.