IPL Hosts May 20 “After Work Gathering” as part of OmahaGives

Learn about IPL at  After Work Gathering

Over 50 Board Members and friends of Institute for Public Leadership are inviting friends, colleagues and family to attend an After Work Gathering on Wednesday, May 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the historic home of Mac McLaughlin and Heather Gomes located at 38th and California.

Photo of historic home
Historic Home of Mac McLaughlin and Heather Gomes where we will hold After Work Gathering on May 20

You are invited to Drop in for Conversation, Appetizers and Spirits.

Lat May, over 100 guests enjoyed the beautiful home of Mark Hoeger and Jane Erdenberger and the pleasant Spring weather.

The IPL Board invites you to come learn about IPL’s leadership development with Omaha’s immigrant & refugee families, school parents and members of OTOC member congregations.

 

Please consider a donation of any size to IPL, a tax-deductible 501(c)3 organization. If you cannot attend, please donate by check or at iplomaha.org from May 1st- through Midnight of May 20th.

 

In 2014, Board Vice President Ken Reed Bouley told the guests about the work of IPL

To give to IPL, go the IPL home page  donation page, click on the OmahaGives logo or click on the following link:

Link to IPL giving page on Omaha Gives

 To see pictures of the 2014 After Work Gathering, click on the pdf below:

Photos from IPL After Work Gathering on May 21

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IPL organizes Refugee Women Leadership Academy

IPL held our first session of the Refugee Women Leadership Academy with 22 refugee women and their allies on Thursday, April 25th at Augustana Lutheran. Tanya Good, Nurse and Care Coordinator at Florence Clinic, discussed women’s health issues and accessing care when you lack insurance.

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Refugee Women and allies talk to Tanya Good

This session and each of the upcoming sessions will begin with time for making new friends over a dinner from one of the refugee cultures. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion led by an Omaha woman who is an expert in the topic and interested in helping refugees succeed. Each session will end with discussion about how the women can take this information back to their communities and work together to make changes in policies and laws that would benefit women and their families.

Three Karenni Women
Kareni Women enjoy new friends & dinner

Child care and interpretation will be provided for those who register by calling 402-344-4401 or by email at iplomaha@gmail.com.

The next three sessions will all be at Augustana Lutheran (3647 Lafayette Ave) from 6:00 to 7:45 pm :

Thursday May 7 –How to resolve conflicts in the best way
Thursday May 21—Housing and how to deal with landlords
Thursday, June 4 –How to use Consumer Credit, Credit Cards and buying a car

Food for the night
Great Nepali food from Druk LLC Restaurant

300 people attend lively Refugee Culture Night

Despite heavy snow fall, over 100 young adults from ten refugee communities shared their dance, song and music with a lively and diverse audience of over 300  people on Saturday, November 15 at the 3rd Refugee Cultural Night.

Burundian  community Chiors
Burundian Choir sang and danced

The dance performances ranged from highly stately traditional dances by the ethnic groups from Myanmar to a very upbeat traditional dance number by young women from the Acholi community of South Sudan.  Performance included the traditional leaping dance of the Darufuri men as well as sizzling contemporary dance numbers by Bhutanese youth who were dancing to Nepali tunes.

Darfur Men
Darfuri leaping dance
Rhakang community
Rhakang perform stately dance
Acholi Community
Acholi youth in fun dance
Kachin community
Kachin youth enjoy traditional dance

            

There was great ethnic food before including Noodles from Mynamar, Mandazi from Burundi, Namkin from Bhutan and tapioca from Burma. Generous sponsors and those who donated at the door helped raise $3000 which was distributed to the groups to help them continue their cultural education and performances.

Mungyit and Suzanne Doupnik
Time for making new friends
Mixed group of kids dancing a final dance
And time to “bust a move” at the end