The African Heritage Switzerland was founded in 2017 by a group of African women living in Switzerland who had the dream and drive of inspiring Africans living in Switzerland by providing a platform for Africans to promote their arts and culture. This came at a time when many like-minded people felt that globalization has eroded culture in some parts of the world, especially, the African culture.
The culture of a people is their identity as it affords them due recognition. And in sub-Saharan Africa, people and culture has become in-separable and what makes any human society is its culture. There has been the fear of losing the African living culture, especially for those living in Europe, who have developed cultural identities based upon the place they live. They have adopted clothes, ways of speaking, values and lifestyles of other cultures of their choice.
On the premises of this background, the African women believe that there is a need to develop a progressive platform that would regain the lost organic African community that embodied various art and cultural values, including: Folk songs, folk dances, hut and thatched roofs, handicraft products, an art of life, a way of living, ordered and patterned involving social arts, clothing and traditional foods, among many other values. Despite various challenges experienced in developing such a forum, ‘The African Heritage Switzerland’, was established with the support of volunteers, partners/ sponsors, and the local administration in Switzerland.
This African cultural promotion is intended to stimulate the work of African women in this regard in order to lead the recognition and promotion of diverse cultural expressions in Switzerland. The African Heritage Swiss is to foster and preserve this cultural diversity and facilitate the participation of all social sectors in processes related to African culture in Switzerland.
The Organization is devoted to the promotion and continuation of culture, self-worth, gender equality, empowerment of women, children & youths. Foster integration and a feeling of belonging amongst the African descent worldwide through showcasing our rich culture.
The main goal of African Heritage Swiss is to showcase African culture, by excelling in the development and contribution of the culture in Switzerland, together with Europe and the rest of the world.
African Heritage Swiss is managed by a team-based organizational structure that focuses cooperation, problem-solving, and giving the management team members more control in areas of their specialization. This organizational structure for African Heritage Swiss is intended to increase productivity, promote growth and to value experience, depending on which activity is being showcased.
The management team is comprised of members with many years of experience in their various fields of expertize. Our philosophy is laser-like focus on the African cultural views. We have a Founding members and a Program Director reporting to the Founder members. There are Part-time voluntary positions that are filled as needed and reporting to the Program Director.
Apart from showcasing the African culture, African Heritage Swiss initiates various projects here in Europe and in Africa, raising money to provide descent education, food, water, health insurance and other meaningful resources for orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.
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