Podcast 11: Congo Story Speaks to local 7th and 8th graders' conference on Africa

19 May

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011 the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh held it's annual Student Ambassador Conference for Pittsburgh area middle schools.  This year's topic was Africa, and Congo Story's Becky Cech attended with friend Anicet Mundundu of the Wacongo Dance Company to teach a session about some culture and history of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

 

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Podcast 10: Pittsburgh's Conflict Free Resolution

25 Apr

Pittsburgh is the first city in the country to pass a resolution calling for the favorable purchase of Conflict-Free electronics.    Congo Story spoke with City Councilman Doug Shields, who introduced the resolution.  Our conversation was inspiring, and we are pleased to share some of it with you. 

Click here to read the proclamation.

For more information about Conflict Minerals we encourage you to visit The Enough Project and Friends of Congo.  

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Podcast 9: Partnering With Congo Conference

7 Apr

On April 5th and 6th Congo Story attended the "Partnering with Congo" Conference in Richmond, VA hosted by the Panzi Foundation.  We learned a great deal, enjoyed open dialogue with others who seek positive change in the DRC, and made many new friends with whom we hope to partner in future.   I came away from the conference with a feeling of hope for Congo, and I think that this week's Podcast will pass that sense of hope on to its listeners.

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Podcast 8: Congo Story Talks to Pittsburgh's Engineers Without Borders

31 Mar

Last week I visited the University of Pittsburgh's chapter of Engineers Without Borders to speak about the Congo, the C.A.M.P. Fund and Congo Story.  It gave me a chance to share some stories about Jim Camp's hands-on projects in the DRC.

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Podcast 7: Prendergast in Pittsburgh Part-2, A Talk with Anne C. Richard

15 Mar

John Prendergast, Co‐Founder of the Enough Project, completed a month of events and lectures in Pittsburgh with a discussion on the "World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis" with Anne C. Richard of The International Rescue Committee.  This week's podcast seeks to share highlights from a discussion hosted by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, which occured on a day Pittsburgh's City Council declared "John Prendergast Day"


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Podcast 6: Woodland Hills Middle School Visit

8 Mar

On Wednesday morning, March 2nd, Rebecca Cech gave a presentation about the Congo at Woodland Hills Middle School.  In this podcast she talks with ESL teacher, Jessica Broski-Birch, who reached out to us on this site in hopes of finding culturally-affirmative resources for Congolese student, Japhet Mwamba,  as he works to learn English, integrate into the American school system, and navigate the social rollercoaster of the early teens world.  Rebecca saw in this request an opportunity to increase student awareness about a place that most of Japhet's classmates didn't know existed; by sharing some of her own childhood experience in the eastern, Kivu region, she taught them a bit about Japhet's country of origin and worked to build student appreciation for what the Congo has to offer in times of peace.  Thanks to the 7th grade social studies teachers, 120 students got to attend the presentation; Jessica and Rebecca discuss how this event came about and review the results.

We will be posting a longer print story about the middle school visit in the next week with more details, photos, and a bit of Japhet's family story and how he got from Congo to Pittsburgh.

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Podcast 5: Prendergast in Pittsburgh Part-1

27 Feb

John Prendergast, Co‐Founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, gave a talk at the University of Pittsburgh on February 23, 2011.  He offered some excellent advice for individuals committed to ending human rights abuses, encouraging all of us to get involved and take action; his work compliments the CAMP Fund goals, and he has good, practical advice for ways to help that

  • cost nothing
  • promise to make a big impact, and
  • only take a few minutes and a few computer clicks out of a busy day.

He will be speaking about sexual violence in D.R. Congo in the Frick Fine Arts Building on Mon., Feb. 28, 2011 at 7 p.m.  He will also be showing the film  The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo.  In it, Lisa F. Jackson, a film-maker who was herself a rape victim, tells her own story and invites Congolese women to offer theirs.  Jackson's aim is to help her audience understand this particular dynamic of war in the DRC . 

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Podcast #4 - Mbuzi and Music: A Congolese Dinner Party

8 Feb

Last Friday we were honored to serve as dinner hosts for some Congolese friends who live in Pittsburgh.  We discovered that the Wacongo Dance Company are good company, indeed; in this podcast I speak with two of the music, drumming, and dancing group's leading members, Anicet Mundundu and Elie Kihonia. 

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Congo Story Podcast #3

1 Feb

Thanks to everyone who attended Heart for Congo.  It was awesome!  

In this podcast we talk about how we were all blown away by the Wacongo Dance Company.

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Podcast Episode 2 - Martin Dawes

23 Jan

Jeff talks with UNICEF Communications Expert, Martin Dawes about the role communications and journalism play in solving the issues faced by the Congolese people.

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