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Celebrating Humanity:
Africa Day & Memorial Day

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

African Diaspora Network builds bridges among Africans, diasporans, and friends of Africa, celebrating and working to uplift the continent of Africa as well as the communities in which we live.

Today, May 25 marks two significant holidays for both our international and national communities. In honor of Africa Day, we celebrate freedom, liberation, independence, and unity, recognizing the organizing and movements that have led to the development of the African Union. This Memorial Day, we also remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives across the United States for their home and country. Both holidays share common themes of hope, resilience, and unity that are necessary more than ever in light of our ongoing global health crisis.

As a network, ADN is grateful to be a part of both continent and country. Today, we celebrate all of humanity as we build bridges and rise together.


Thank you,

Almaz Negash
Founder & Executive Director, African Diaspora Network

The United Africa Vision of 1963 by. the Honorable Kwame Nkrumah

Ghana's first president, The Honorable Kwame Nkrumah, gave an iconic speech on African unity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1963. Listen to the full speech here. The United Africa Vision of 1963 is still possible — let's keep the dream alive!
Memorial Day 2020

Moment of Remembrance:
Memorial Day 2020

"As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, let us reflect on the tremendous price that was paid by the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. Through the sounding of Taps, members of The United States Air Force Band solemnly render honor to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country." Credits: The United States Air Force Band

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"Memorial Day is a chance not only to remember the hundreds of thousands who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, but also their families and friends who continue to grieve. It is a significant burden to bear and Memorial Day has a special meaning for them." Read more.

Online Resources During COVID-19

World Health Organization COVID-19 FAQs

WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to this outbreak. This Q&A will be updated as more is known about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it is affecting people worldwide. For more information, check back regularly on WHO’s coronavirus pages.
CDC COVID-19 FAQs

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention provides the latest updates on the pandemic response in the United States. Find guidance on symptoms, cases in the U.S., and recommended precautions for community health and well-being.
 
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Grant Opportunities

May 26 Webinar: USDA FY20 Food for Progress Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) will host a public webinar May 26 on fiscal year 2020 funding opportunities under the Food for Progress Program and the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. FAS recently published the FY 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the two programs and the webinar will provide additional information about requirements, technical areas of focus and other issues of interest to potential applicants.

What: Webinar on FY 2020 funding opportunities for USDA international food assistance programs
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Time: 9-11 a.m., EDT
WebEx Access
Audio-Only Access: (888) 844-9904 or (816) 423-4261; Access Code: 7485412
For more information: Bobby Hines, International Trade Specialist
WebEx Access to FY2020 Funding Opportunities Webinar
While pre-registration for the webinar is not required, program administrators encourage interested parties to provide their name, organization and contact information via email to PPDED@usda.gov to receive follow-up communications after the webinar. The same email address may be used to submit questions in advance of the webinar, using the subject line “FY20 Food for Progress NOFO” or “FY20 McGovern-Dole NOFO.”

ASPIRE Grants for the Congo Basin Due July 15

The Congo Basin rainforests comprise one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world. While efforts are underway to conserve this invaluable region, habitat conversion, mineral extraction, forest degradation and deforestation continue at accelerating rates. Furthermore, the Congo Basin in particular is predicted to be most severely affected by climate change. To meet these growing challenges, Central Africa urgently needs a new generation of environmental and conservation experts. These small research grants are designed to support young Africans in their research. This program is run by the Conservation Action Research Network (CARN), a member of the Congo Basin Institute (CBI). Learn more and apply by July 15, 2020.
Learn more and apply for the Aspire Grants by July 15

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