Save the Date! Taste of Africa - fundraising event for a new African Village Exhibit at Habitot


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  What Will We Find in the African Village Exhibit?
  Jiji Letu, which means ‘our village’ in Swahili, will transport children and their families into an authentic, rural village in East Africa. Here, houses are thatched, animals are a part of the family, drumming and music are played all day as part of community life, and everyone shares in preparing food. The vast beauty of Africa extends to the horizon. Costumes and props and frequent programs led by Jiji la Watoto will make the exhibit come alive.

  Who Is Helping Create the African Village Exhibit?
  Habitot is very lucky to have met two remarkable women who grew up in Kenya in a rural African village, and who now live and raise families in the Bay Area. Their organization, Jiji la Watoto, brings African culture alive through adventure and play for children and families. Habitot Children’s Museum and Jiji la Watoto have joined forces and will develop the exhibit jointly. Habitot has commissioned the backdrop mural by California artist Wawi Amasha.

  How Much Needs to be Raised?
  We are hoping to raise $10,000 for the African Village exhibit. Naming opportunities are available for donors and sponsors!
The exhibit will open four to six months after the funds are raised.

Donations are fully tax deductible.

  Other Ways to Help
  We welcome your input! We need items for the exhibit like fabric for costumes, African musical instruments and building materials. We need volunteers who can sew, paint (both artists and wall painters), do electrical work, track down supplies, and help with exhibit installation. If you have a special skill set, please let us know.

We are a community-supported museum and if you want to be involved in growing and sustaining Habitot, there is a place for you!

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  Habitot Children’s Museum provides an environment for early childhood learning and exploration, parenting education and community outreach. More than 850,000 people have enjoyed the Museum's interactive exhibits, art programs and classes since its opening in 1998. Not just a place to entertain young children, Habitot provides resources and support for parenting success and community connection.

Family outreach programs welcome more than 10,000 low-income and vulnerable children annually through dedicated programs for teen parents, special needs children and homeless families as well as scholarships, subsidized memberships, free admissions days.
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  Annette Ruah and Catherine Ndungu-Case founded Jiji La Watoto in 2009 to provide an unique opportunity for children to experience African culture the way they remember it as children growing up in rural and urban Kenya.

Their vision is to create a virtual journey into Africa for young children and their caregivers through dance, imaginative play, storytelling and art.

Jiji La Watoto’s mission is to provide quality educational activities based in African culture by teaching African culture through adventure and play.