Today was "Day of the African Child" at my Place of Employment. It was beautiful...a huge African Bazaar set up outside the museum with tables of goods made by people in Africa, and information on how a person can help suffering communities. There were a lot of African people at the event, some dressed in traditional clothing, and there was drumming and singing and fantastic storytelling. African food smells filled the air (even though a vegetarian, the meat smelled delicious I must admit), and people seemed to be having a wonderful time. This celebration was done alongside the Harambee Center which is raising awareness about how to help people suffering in Africa. Here is a link to their site.
Inside the museum we have a touching photography exhibit called "Zoom Uganda" which is of photos taken by 12 African girls whose parents have died of AIDS. They've been given cameras for the first time and take their own photos of their lives. They are trying to raise money to pay for a science center for their school.
One of the things I love best about working at the World Forestry Center is the international, non-profit connections made there. You never know who will walk through the beautiful wood doors of the entrance, the other day we had a group of 20 Norwegian foresters. And it's not just the global element that I love, but the regular folks too. The sweet little old ladies who remember the first World Forestry Center built in 1905 that was made of ancient Doug Fir trees still in their bark, dubbed "The Biggest Log Cabin in the World" before it burned down in 1964. Then there are the kindergarten kids who when asked if they can think of appropriate rules to follow in a museum call out things like "Don't kick anybody!" or "Don't steal from the gift shop!" It's unpredictable, and charming.