Sisters Seek to Educate Black Youth on the History, Culture of African Diaspora

Sisters Seek to Educate Black Youth on the History, Culture of African Diaspora

Collection of family-friendly activities allows youth to see, touch, taste and smell the culture of a particular country

by Sylvia Snowden, April 18, 2017

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Sisters Seek to Educate Black Youth on the History, Culture of African Diaspora

The African Diaspora doesn’t have to feel so far away, thanks to the cleaver idea of two sisters. Williette and Watchen Nyanue immigrated to the United States from Monrovia, Liberia, as young children. And while the girls were able to successfully integrate themselves into the fabric of American life, they always felt somewhat detached from their homeland.

It was that disconnect and longing to have a palpable connection to the place they’d initially called home that led the pair to grow up and start a company called Little Doebahyou.

Little Doebahyou is a monthly subscription box geared towards families with children ages 6-11 years old. The boxes contain items that allow children to experience the countries of diaspora in a more tangible way. Each box focuses on a specific country and includes:

  • History facts
  • A cooking activity
  • Activities that children play in the featured country (At least 1 STEM based)
  • A flag from that country
  • A pen pal letter
  • A travel journal
  • A luggage tag and stickers

Williette and Watchen’s love for travel has led them across the globe and to countries like Liberia, Morocco, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Italy. While there, they realized that though we’re spread out around the world, people throughout the diaspora have a lot in common. It is raising awareness about those commonalities that keeps the sisters going.

In addition to hoping to better educate children around the world about the countries that make up the African Diaspora, the sisters also have a goal of giving back to other groups that work to make a positive impact on society. Every month, a portion of the proceeds from Little Doebahyou  are given away to a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children living throughout the Diaspora.

To learn more about the boxes or to subscribe, visit www.littledoebahyou.com.

 
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