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Abdulkadir c
(Pittsburgh Northside)
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the project

About twenty years ago, most somali bantu never imagined we would be living incities, or in another country, let alone a continent on other side of the world. Today thousands of Somali Bantu live across the united states as refugees. here we are learning alot about the posibilities of life seeking justice, equality and success through education. even though much is changing for us and our children in this new country, we must still celebrate the importance of our ancient culture, the stories of our past, and skills we have developed over generations.

The Somali Bantu National Heritage Event is a free 3 day gathering of Somali Bantu refugees from accross the united states. Through shearing of stories, creative materials, tradisional dance, and sports Somali Bantu from the nearly 12000 families resettled across the united states will reconnect with each other and connect with neighbors in pittsburgh by shearing  our unique culture and history.

Friday evening will begin the vent with a summit of community leaders to discuss challenges we are experiancing as refugees in the country, exploring the knowlege and support of Somali Bantu living in other cities. can we join forces to tackle common strugles? are we acheiving our dreams in America and how are they changing? how are we all supporting young leaders to shape our future? how can amplify our voices in the cities where we now live?

Saturday will be activities for all ages: traditional and contemporary story telling, dance and music performances, henna artists and feast of traditional homemade Somali Bantu foods. this will happen alongside a soccer tournament where teams accross united state compete for the 2021 Natinal Somali Bantu Games title. the festivities will go all day and sunday will be the final tournament games, the awards ceremony for the winners and farewells.


the steps

2021 National Somali Bantu festival will be held on Pittsburgh's northside at around northview heights from october 29th to oct 31st. we  expect attendance from Somali Bantu communities in Central america and north America. soccer teams from seven cities as well as attendance by represensitives from the unhcr refugee congress.

we will have trained local Somali Bantu docamentarians to collect and share stories and performances at the event.

by october 15th, we will have park permits, reserved meeting spaces and security and confirmation from local and regional musicians, performers and traditional culinary artists. marketing and promation will include flyers, press releases, and social media begining also october 15th. we would seek to collabrate with community leaders and agencies. the welcomimg pittsburgh and golobal switch board are our partners.

why we're doing it

As new residents to Pittsburgh we are facing a lot of challenges covid 19 related and this event helps us unify solutions, form allegiances and learn from each other.  In the struggle to balance our cultural identity with the culture of our new home, this event provides Somali Bantu an opportunity to remember and pass on to our children a breath of traditions from the diverse Somali Bantu now scattered across the United States. Youth will always adapt to what is popular, but understanding their history and finding community in sports gives them more strength to face adversity to direct them away from dangerous gang activity we see some joining. This event will build the foundation for connections between groups, engaging youth programs, and moving even further toward academic and economic success.  

We also believe that sharing our rich culture with our new neighbors in Pittsburgh builds connections with others living here.  As Pittsburgh is becoming an increasingly international city, it is important that we all understand the cultural assets existing within our borders.  In this country as we are nearly all immigrants, coming to the US for a better life. As we share stories of hopes and dreams, we can connect with the histories of everyone in this city, the experience both of being newcomers, and even having been colonized in our native Somalia. Connecting through stories, sharing cultural traditions, realizing the assets we each hold, will do nothing but enrich the strength and vitality of our city. 

We have hosted similar events for our traditional holidays with great success and attendance, but this will be the first where communities from multiple cities will be brough together.  Hopefully Pittsburgh is the first location of a regular national Somali Bantu event that will benefit cities across the US.  Thank you for joining us in this endeavor.


Disbursed Budget 10.27.21

3 days Traditional Foods for 400 people -- $3134

Beverages with ice $300

Vegetable with ingredients $250

Flour and rice $90

Ground meat for sambusa $50

Sambusa $35

Oil 3 times 35 $105

Chicken wings, breast, thighs $299 45

pan of aluminum foil, plates, spoon, $183 Fruits $77 1 400 # cow and 2 gout $1200

I will need the check by Oct 28, 2018 to start shopping

Food Total $2954

Soccer tournament $ 3100

Permit -$125

Field soccer times lease -$290

Soccer Jerseys -$346

Medals -$30

Trophy big and small -$80

Shorts -$46

Soccer award first place $300

Soccer award second place $100

Leadership organizing event time and interpretation $1200

Soccer Total $1946

Performance by Acclaimed Traditional Somali Bantu Dance Group -- $5500

Group Traveling from Vermont to Pittsburgh $1000

Group traveling from buffalo to Pittsburgh $700

Group traveling from Columbus to Pittsburgh $600

Dance materials $1200

Participating time $3200

I will need this checks by Oct 27, 2021

Performance Total: $5500

Combined Total: $9,735

= $9,852.91

TOTAL RAISED = $10,003.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $150.09

Original Budget:

Traditional food for 3000 people $8,000

Security   $3,500

Interpretation $5,000

other activities $7,500

performance by acclaimed tradisional somali bantu Dance Group $12,000

soccer tourament permit and awards  $10,000

PA system and generator  $3,500


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
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