Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Event: Cookies For Consciousness


"The Red Velvet Revolutionary"


"The Best Cookie Maker on both sides of the Atlantic"

The aim of this event is to raise awareness and funds for ALIF's work with orphans and vulnerable children, as well commercial sex workers.

The details:
- RSVP is a must - seating is limited!!!!
Email your Name, # of guests, phone # to: to reserve your spot

- The cost is $5 (minimum - this is a fundraiser remember!)

- We invite you to name our competing cookie (Send suggestions for Nasir or myself to

- Desserts, Teas, Coffee, Water will be served

- The prize for the best cookie - ...bragging rights! The REAL prize- Raising money and taking ACTION to make positive change in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children!

- As an attendee, YOU will get to taste test and vote for the winning cookie!

-If you can not make the event and would like to contribute click the following link: EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN!

Presentation at the Ethiopian Cultural Night

On Thursday, April 10th the ESA of CCNY hosted an Ethiopian Culture Night that highlighted the beauty of Ethiopia both past and present, which included traditional dances, a fashion show, guest performers, and traditional Ethiopian dishes. Additionally, I was honored to present on the progress of the Hiwot (Life) Campaign--an initiative to provide orphans and vulnerable children with the opportunity to actualize their right to education. Last year I spoke at the ESA's Ethiopian Culture Night after the recent launching of the Hiwot Campaign, thus I was pleased to announce that the campaign was successful in meeting our stated objective:

(1) Send 50 orphans and vulnerable children to school in Ethiopia:
Currently, 58 orphans and vulnerable children are enrolled in school through the Hiwot (Life) Campaign!

On behalf of ALIF and the women and children we serve, thank you!

Nasir Al-Amin

To learn more about ALIF visit:

Event: AMAL for ALIF

L'Altruist Noir Presents: AMAL

The Event: Amal for ALIF

On Friday, April 4th, L'Altruist Noir hosted an evening of chic altruism: AMAL. Amal, meaning 'hope', was held at France Origine (FR.OG). ALIF aids orphans and children of sex workers in Ethiopia by providing them with the opportunity access education. At present, ALIF provides approximately 58 orphans and children of sex workers with the following services:
~educational assistance and sponsorship,
~uniforms & school supplies,
~rent stipends for homeless orphans and mothers with children,

A special thank you to L' Altruist Noir and the following host:
Michael S. Hailu - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Aja Byrd - MTV Networks
Felipe Tewes - FocusFeatures
Kai Livramento - The Fortune Society
Melanie Kannokada - PulseTV
David Bruhowski - Roque & Dalton Group
Kwame Owusu-Kesse - Triumph
Juan Fortuno - JI Group
Henock Wolde-Semait, MD - Mt. Sinai Medical Community

To learn more about L'Altruist Noir visit:

I thank all of the hosts as well as L'Altruist Noir for taking the initiative to put this event together in order to affect change in the lives of the women and children we serve!

Thank you,
Nasir Al-Amin

ESAi 8th Annual Summit

Photo: ESAi
Ethiopian Students Association International (ESAi) 8th Annual Summit

On Saturday, March 29th, I was honored to facilitate workshops on ALIF's work with orphans and children of sex workers in Ethiopia at the 2008 ESAi summit hosted by the ESA of George Mason University and ESAi. The theme of the three-day summit was "Looking Back-Leaping Foward." Additionally, the ESAi is the sponsor of one of ALIF beautiful children sponsored in Ethiopia. On behalf of our sponsored children and ALIF, I thank ESAi for their continued support!

In solidarity,
Nasir Al-Amin