Debbie Rodriguez spoke about her work with underprivileged girls and women in Bolivia. A Peace Corps Volunteer from 1996-99 and on Peace Corps Bolivia staff from 1999-2002, for six years Debbie witnessed magic in the midst of
harsh poverty, resilience in the midst of
unbelievable odds, wisdom in the midst of
seemingly insurmountable political corruption, and
optimism in the midst of decades-long oppression.
Debbie worked with homeless and underprivileged girls throughout Bolivia to improve their
economic situation. Most in demand were income-generating skills at the micro-enterprise level. Along with a group of artists, she formed VisionArte and traveled around the country teaching business skills, art, music, public speaking, and writing – empowering women teetering on the brink of survival to support themselves and their families. A docent at the Museum of Latin American Art for ten years,
Debbie Rodriguez is married to Bolivian artist and musician, Ramón Rodriguez, whose paintings and sculptures are housed in collections around the, world. Debbie and Ramón share a passion for Bolivian art and culture, running an art business, presenting talks and performing Bolivian music in communities throughout California.
Knowledge is that which Liberates: A New Future for Himalayan Children
Marc Alongi, cofounder of the Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) environmental school in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, presented an uplifting insider’s view on progressive education in Himalyan India. Now in it's 10th year, APV provides a model for mindful and holistic education through community building and music. The curriculum is place-based and relevant to the learning of children in their context. Also a Teacher Training Center, AVP holds government school trainings focusing on student engagement, relevant curricula, mindful school culture and music.
The coffee talk included an inspiring and informative film about the APV School, which now serves over 100 students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The majority of the students come from farming villages one to seven kilometers walking distance from the school. Many suffer from malnutrition. The school provides nutritious meals and clothing for those in need. The children are also privy to a unique educational experience where they are free to be creative and explore their unique talents and interests.
The Hunger Project (THP)
is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, South Asia and Latin America, THP seeks to end hunger and poverty by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better future for the children.
Our feature speaker, Patricia Tucker, is the Regional Director of Funding for The Hunger Project.
She spoke about current initiatives including: Microfinance programs • Fostering government accountability • Empowering women as change agents • Mobilizing epicenter communities
Please join Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and the
United Nations Association Pasadena Chapter
Pasadena Central Library – Donald Wright Auditorium
285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena
Marco Barrantes, author of “Feed Your City: Field Guide to Planning for Food Systems,” and trailblazer
in forging successful partnerships to
develop green and sustainable projects
Dr. Eric Walsh, Pasadena Public Health Director/Health Officer, has been known to write “prescriptions” for fresh produce. As a much sought after speaker Dr. Walsh will focus on a prescription for community wellness and discuss why family farming and urban agriculture are key components of food security and social justice.
Muir High School’s Urban Farm Project: Muir Ranch,
Pasadena Learning Gardens,
Pasadena Water and Power,
Sustainable Projects, and
Transition Town Pasadena
“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
Imagine you are lucky enough to have departed from a war- torn country and you’ve finally arrived in America with your family, your dreams, the clothes on your back…and little more. To whom do you turn for support? Families escaping persecution in their home countries with little money, minimal English, and no knowledge of American culture and customs, move into fast-paced Southern California communities only to experience trauma and isolation.
The Tiyya Foundation is an Irvine youth-based 501(c)(3) non- profit which provides basic necessities for refugees and displaced American families. Tiyya’s programming seeks to ease the transition for refugee families while building awareness and cooperation across socio-economically diverse Orange County. Their vision is to promote a community, which fosters the development of self-sufficiency in refugees and other families in the US – helping them to overcome obstacles and actively participate in society. Tiyya emphasizes long-term, multi-faceted, personalized support, matching clients with local Volunteer Mentors. Programs and support include community field trips, art workshops, tutoring, soccer, and basic necessities.
Our speaker, Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, Founding Director of Tivya, was born in a Somalian refugee camp and grew up in Orange County. She will explain the unique issues that refugee children face and share her vision for expanding the organization while staying focused on the important mission of building a healthy, positive community. Meymuna holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from UC Irvine, and an MA in Organizational Management from Antioch University.
All Saints Church Guild Room
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
$10 donation at the door - proceeds go to the ongoing work of the United Nations Association.
See Sonia Amin's photos from our 5th Annual Women of the World Awards event
held Sunday, March 10, 2013
Welcome to the United Nations Association, Pasadena/Foothills Chapter! We have been a part of the Pasadena community for over 60 years.
Our commitment to the ideals of the United Nations: decreasing poverty, empowering women, and promoting environmental sustainability remains as strong as ever. We fulfill this commitment by sponsoring UNA events throughout the year.
Please look at our calendar of events which ranges from Model UN at Pasadena City College, to a speaker series to a film festival! I encourage you to attend our events, become a UNA member, and discover what we are all about. Thank-you!
Co-Presidents: Jon Charles & Chris Fennessy
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization dedicated to enhancing U.S. participation in the United Nations system and to strengthening that system as it seeks to define and carry out its mission. UNA-USA's action agenda uniquely combines education and public research, substantive policy analysis, and ongoing U.S.-U.N. dialogue.
The Association traces its founding to 1943 and the birth of the American Association for the United Nations (AAUN), a citizen-based organization led by Eleanor Roosevelt and dedicated to educating American about the U.N. and global issues. In 1964, the AAUN merged with the U.S. Committee for the United Nations, composed of 138 national organizations supporting the work of the world body, thereby creating the United Nations Association of today.