Rajat

Rajat

Secaucus Pedals 4 Progress theHobMob Bike collection
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What a satisfying day it was! The wind couldn't dampen the spirits of the volunteers who worked the whole morning unscrewing & tying pedals, lowering seats, turning in handle bars, etc to prep the FIFTY-FIVE bikes (and a sewing machine) for shipping to Guatemala courtesy Pedals for Progress! Thanks Gary for giving us the opportunity... A big shout out to Mayor Mike Gonnelli for his support (and for showing up FOUR times in three hours)! The most impressive was the young crew, Vanita Sharma who had already been working with her dad Rajat over logistics, advertising, & setting up for the past few weeks, to little Ananya from Clarendon, as well as the Secaucus Middle School volunteers Aditi Sirohi, Kiera Walshe, Ergen Banja, Anshmeet Singh, Saniya Tasnim - all of whom quickly grasped & carried out Gary's instruction while having fun too (including handcuffing their friend with a zip tie)! Thanks Mr. Rob Valente and Dylan Christopher. Not to forget Shubham, Laxmi, Cliff, Maria Romanelli, Linda, IPA and everyone else who worked as well as donated for the cause. Now hold on to your bikes for next year's collection!

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman

A few weeks ago, I headed back to Cuba to visit friends and family. While I was there, Michael asked me and some friends, including Vidushi Sharma, to create another mural. Being the ambitious folks we are, we decided to try to make TWO murals-- one small one on the side of the new Cultural Center (!!!!), and another nearby on a medic's house. Due to weather complications, we only were able to complete the painting on the side of the cultural center, but we left paint and money so that a local artist can make her or his mark on the other mural venue.

The Cultural project of Los Pocitos has officially been named "PROYECTO AKOKAN"-- and is a registered cultural project! Akokan comes from the word for "heart" in the religion of Abakuá, one of the predominant religions of the community. The project hosts workshops for the kids of the community (sort of in a Boys and Girls Club framework), and are run by experts in the area. Already, they have had a photography workshop, run by a photography student, and a mask-making worship, run by two cuban art professors.

The building in this picture is the future venue for the workshops. Right now, it needs a new roof, a new door, and a dry-only bathroom. We decided to paint the name of the project on the outside of the building along with the handprints of the kids of the community to give the kids a sense of ownership over the project and their artistic endeavors.

An upcoming workshop: theatre with a local street performer!

I am so pleased with the direction Michael is taking this project, and hope to continue supporting it as it matures.

Rajat

Rajat A lot of heart and a little money can go a long way. Keep it up.

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma Emma Zahren-Newman so proud of you, so proud of you and of Vidushi Sharma for carrying this out...

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman

Update: Benches and a garden have been added to the park in Los Pocitos! Thanks to a bunch of volunteers and donations from CIEE, the park is cleaner and more enjoyable. If/when I return to Cuba this winter, my professor, Michael, and I hope to continue covering surfaces with beautiful, vibrant art!

Rajat

Rajat This is shaping up nicely. Is it the same kids in the picture who painted with you in the spring ?

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Some of them, yeah! This is pretty much their backyard and hang-out area-- it's relieving to see that it isn't filled with broken glass and rotting food anymore!

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma Emma Zahren-Newman thats a wonderful job done. I am sure they'll enjoy it for a long time and remember you fondly!

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TheHobMob

TheHobMob

theHobMob Salon Conversations August 12 2016.

Thank you to everyone who came and created this incredible space for learning and sharing. We heard from digital artist, a photographer, a (hilarious!) elementary school stand-up comedian, an entrepreneur in cultural education, and a medical implant salesman about the beauty of what matters to them. It was a true reflection of our mission: connecting cool people all around the world. We hope this is the first of many.

A HUGE shout-out to Cid Mendez for lending us his space and sharing in our vision. Food, drinks, great conversations, and a bit of dancing later, here's what we have to share!

TheHobMob

TheHobMob

We, Maasai: Revitalizing Indigenous Language and Knowledge for Sustainable Development in Maasailand, Kenya

We, Maasai, still have much of our culture, customs, and tradition as we did thousands of years ago. Because the Maa society does not have a clear written history, it is difficult to say precisely where it originated. According to linguistic research, the Maa language is hermetic and not one of the numerous Bantu languages on the African continent.

theHOBMOB team recently had a opportunity to meet Daniel Salau Rogei- a young, enthusiastic, and effervescent leader from the indigenous Maasai community in Kenya. He is one of the founders of the Simba Maasai Outreach Organization( SIMOO) in Kenya. Daniel is working hard to preserve Maasai traditions and language (Maa). Elder Mary Sakuda, 86 years old, reaffirms the importance of his mission, saying that “(w)hen we lose our land, we lose our language and then we lose our culture...we become like slaves of others.”

Among the achievements of SIMOO are:
-The establishment of sustainable sources of water that provides safe and clean water to people and livestock
-Livelihood diversification programs which include dry land agriculture, improved livestock husbandry, entrepreneurship and natural resource management
-General community empowerment through education, capacity building and networking
-Participation in national, regional and international processes that have direct and indirect impact on the lives of the Maasai
-Biodiversity and Environmental conservation through initiatives such as indigenous tree nurseries, cultural resource centres and cultural shows.

Keep it up, Daniel & SIMOO!

TheHobMob

TheHobMob

Maasai Life Through A Child's Eyes
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A journey through a day in the life of a Maasai child!

Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma Check out Brighter Green's Young Women's Leadership initiative, also involving the Maasai community! http://brightergreen.org/young-womens-leadership-east-africa/

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma

So I tried to look up Los Pocitos just because you guys piqued my interest. But google keeps taking me to Mexico whereas I think you mean Cuba. And on google maps it just says "We could not find los pocitos cuba". There isn't much in English on the place. Would love to read more about it and see pictures! Emma Zahren-Newman and @Ben Kessler

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman That's probably because it's not an "official" neighborhood as much as it is a refugee camp-- only, the refugees are fleeing economic hardship in the country

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma Hmm okay I understand

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