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Message from the Executive Director

semharOne of the most rewarding aspects of  traveling abroad is returning home. During my month in East Africa, I ran into DAWNers and prospective DAWNers with the most inspiring and uplifting stories which just made DAWN's mission and purpose all the more clearer. From the former graduate student who went home to start her own business in Ethiopia to the DAWNer on assignment in Kenya for her academic study, all were pursuing their goals to help support and develop Africa.   
What's most encouraging is the space that is  being created for African diaspora professional women to meet and learn from each other. Through DAWN's diverse network, many of you have developed relationships and alliances with each other, aimed at improving policies, practices and perspectives towards Africa. As women of the African diaspora, we possess a wealth of knowledge, expertise and vision from our respective backgrounds that we should utilize and share with others.

Now, DAWN invites you - our members and friends - to join us as we grow and make our network as useful as possible for members and communities everywhere.   From our holiday community service projects to our upcoming DAWNista Membership Drive in early 2011, we hope you consider lending your skills to give back to our communities near and far. Thank you and we look forward to working with you!
Semhar Araia
Executive Director and Founder of DAWN

 Another Successful DAWN Fall Membership Drive!
Welcome Our Newest Members! 
DAWN Meet & Greet Membership Drive

It is with great excitement that we bring into our network dynamic women from very diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

Hailing from the Caribbean, the United States and the African continent  and working in fields ranging from medicine to international development, this recent Fall 2010 Membership Drive added to DAWN's already rich tapestry of women.


We are thrilled to have these amazing women in our DAWN network and sisterhood.  Welcome to DAWN!

DAWNer of the Month
Mamesho Macaulay

Mamesho Macaulay is currently a lead auditor for performance audits at Office of Inspector General for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (OIG/MCC). In this capacity, she conducts evaluations of MCC grant programs in the U.S. and overseas. This position has enabled her to work in several developing countries to evaluate projects such as microfinance and agribusiness.  In addition, her current experience has enabled her to provide actionable recommendations to MCC. 
As Mamesho is originally from Sierra Leone, she has a keen interest in Sierra Leone's development.  For this reason, she, along with three friends and former coworkers, co-founded the NGO, Sierra Visions, which focuses on providing university scholarships and education training to people in post-civil war Sierra Leone. 

Mamesho served as the Vice President of the organization for three years and learned a lot about the challenges in development.  Through this venture, she gained experience working with local businesses in Sierra Leone and organizations in the U.S. to implement and fund projects. In addition, she designed a successful scholarship program for students in Sierra Leone to attend national universities.  Each student that received a scholarship successfully obtained their degree and is currently working. 
She holds a BA in International Relations from Syracuse University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Congratulations Mamesho! We are proude to have you as a DAWNer!

DAWNista of the Month
Maame Boakye

Maame Boakye was born in Ghana and raised in the UK and US. A global thinker, Maame has always been passionate about Africa and issues pertaining to women and children. As an alum of George School, Quaker values have instilled in her a sense of giving, service, and belonging to a global community.

Maame was a former president of the African Cultural Society at the College of William and Mary where she received her B.A. in International Relations and English. She has interned in the Africa division of the American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative and worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program. She is currently completing her Master's degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Congratulations Maame! We are so proud you are a DAWNista!

African News

Haitians arrive for free education in Senegal

More than 160 Haitian students arrived in West Africa on Wednesday, taking up Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade's offer of free education in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated their nation earlier this year.

The group of 163 students landed in Dakar, Africa's western-most city, on a Senegalese-chartered plane and were met by groups of traditional dancers and crowds of people chanting "Haiti, Haiti", before being taken off for a ceremony. Read More

African culture promoted in award-winning 3D animation
An African film company is gaining global attention by producing award-winning 3D animation titles made from an African perspective.Read More

What: DAWN November Brunch
Time: 1PM EST

What: Arts & Letters: Dinaw Mengestu
Time: 1:00 PM
Where: National Museum of African Art, mezzanine, sub-level 1. 950 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC

Author Dinaw Mengestu reads from his recent novel, How to Read the Air. Mengestu has drawn on his own background as an Ethiopian immigrant to craft this heartbreaking tale of redemption that moves between Africa to America. Named one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" Writers to Watch and author of award-winning The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Discussion and book signing to follow.

What: DAWN December Potluck
Time: 5PM EST

**N.B. These are exclusive DAWN events. You must be a registered DAWNer to attend. If you would like to take part to this or other exclusive monthly events,

For a listing of events in the Washington, DC area, please visit DAWN's Calendar of Events at:

DAWN's Monthly Inspiration

""One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised"

-Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Novelist, Poet and Professor

In This Issue
Message from the Executive Director
Welcome new DAWNers!
DAWNer of the Month:mamesho Macaulay
Introducing DAWNista of the Month: Maame Boakye
African News
Upcoming Events

 5- Nkechi Mbanu
 5 - Sarian Samura
15 - Milen Zerabruk

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