The Education for Somali Girls and Boys Foundation will host a Black History Month market and celebration later this month.
Both events are scheduled to happen Feb. 24 at Festival Hall (4214 58 St.) in Red Deer – the market will run from 4-7 p.m. and the celebration will run from 8-11 p.m.
“I feel like Black History Month is a time we can really recognize the contribution of Black Canadians or Black people worldwide,” said Zainab Mohamoud, an organizer for the events.
The evening celebration will feature drinks, beef samosas, African donuts and performances from DJ Mbakneu and Cameroonian singer Wes Kozy. Ticket proceeds from this event will support education for Somali kids and alcohol proceeds will go towards the African Caribbean Centre of Central Alberta and the Central Alberta Cameroonian Community.
Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.
The Education for Somali Girls and Boys Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for Somali girls and boys by opening up opportunities for educational advancement and to bring attention to the unmet needs of children in Somalia.
Mohamoud grew up in Somalia.
“When I just finished elementary school, we had a war. I didn’t end up going to high school (there). I came to Canada and had a chance to go to high school and university,” she said.
“I realize a lot of kids back home didn’t have that opportunity.”
In 2015, the foundation built a school in Somalia. Funds are raised each year to pay teachers’ salaries and to provide sponsorship for children for tuition and living expenses. The children who enroll in the school do not pay fees because they cannot afford to attend other schools due to the costs.
Seniors and youths in central Alberta will also have a couple of chances to make samosas with Mohamoud this month. She will be teaching individuals how to make the dish on Feb. 8 and 22 from 3-8 p.m. at 16-5580 45 St. (Unit C1) in Red Deer’s Capstone neighbourhood. These two events will also feature entertainment, other ethnic foods and socializing opportunities.
“It’s open to all seniors and all youth,” said Mohamoud.
“Really, it’s all about having conversations and creating connections. Hopefully, when they leave they can build relationships.”
For more information on the market, Black History Month celebration or samosa-making sessions, contact Zainab Mohamoud at 403-550-4067.
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