On Saturday, March 26, 2016, the 11th Annual Women’s History Month event created, produced and hosted by Rosie Peppy Parke was held at Sweet Home Jamaica in Brooklyn, MD. The theme, #EveryWomanCan was inspired by Ms. Parke’s 2015 mission trip to Ghana, West Africa where she became the first facilitator to take the Every Girl Can Program (www.everygirlcan.org), developed by Yasmin Anderson-Smith to the continent. While in Ghana, Ms. Parke worked with the Akoma International Academy School and coached 10 young ladies aged 12-16 on the program which focuses on the principle of E4 + I (Enrich, Empower, Elevate, Empower + Inspire) = Every Girl Can. In addition, she trained 3 interns who are now able to deliver the program to other young ladies in Ghana (even in her absence).
Her goal is to share the program with at least 100 Ghanaians girls by 2020 and work with the developer of the program and other schools in Ghana to stage an Annual Conference there. For the past 5 years, Ms. Parke has been fundraising to sponsor students who attend Akoma International Academy in Ghana through her Annual Women’s History Month and Birthday Fundraisers. To date, she has sponsored over 20 children, and donated tons of school supplies to various schools in Ghana with the help of her supporters. She typically visits Ghana annual around October withwww.africafortheafricans.org.
For 2016, Read Across Jamaica was the selected charity for the Women’s History Month event and the event featured performances from Lady Flame, J Pope, Strykers Posse Band and special guest, Tasha T who is a Read Across Jamaica Ambassador. Over 100 guests attended the event and were introduced to RAJ, its mission and in particular the 2016 Bus Tour which will be from May 1-7 in Jamaica. Tasha T was a hit at the event and spoke passionately about her involvement in the project. She gave an awesome performance and spent a lot of time interacting with her fans and supporters.
Ms. Rosie Parke who is a 2016 Read Across Jamaica Ambassador and future board member shared information on the Book Drive and encouraged patrons to donate to the organization. She charged the attendees to do their part to eradicate illiteracy in Jamaica where she was born and raised and also encouraged them to consider traveling to Jamaica on a future tour with RAJ. As a side note, Ms. Parke also participated in RAJ’s Book Tour in Jamaica in 2012 when she visited the Breadnut Hill Primary School in St. Ann and read to the students. See video HERE.
To see photos from the Women’s History Month event, click HERE. For information on Ms. Parke’s charity, visit www.igiveblack.org. Ms. Parke is also the creative director for peppypromotions.com and the creator of peptalktv.net.