Uru Comes to USA!

I live my life in widen­ing cir­cles that reach out across the world.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Alphonce & Eva Ngowi Arriving at Airport

Alphonce & Eva Ngowi Arriv­ing at Airport

In Sep­tem­ber 2011 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tan­za­nia brought Africa to us! Alphonse Ngowi is the Project Coör­di­na­tor for the Uru Water Bore­hole Project, work­ing for clean water access by drilling deep­wa­ter wells in Moshi Rural Dis­trict, Mt. Kil­i­man­jaro. His wife Eva Ngowi, is the Founder of Acorn Women’s Group and Coöper­a­tive, striv­ing to empower Uru women with sewing, quilt­ing, craft mak­ing and small busi­ness skills for Fair Trade prod­uct and mar­ket development.

Eva Ngowi

Eva Ngowi

Respected lead­ers and com­mu­nity orga­niz­ers, Mr. & Mrs. Ngowi left their Kyaseni vil­lage home and came to the USA hop­ing to raise aware­ness and sup­port for these projects to improve life for the Uru peo­ple. They both also had learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in their respec­tive areas of focus, as well as expe­ri­enced some of our typ­i­cal life in the USA. They will never for­get “meet­ing the won­der­ful Amer­i­cans who have taken us into their hearts and trou­bled them­selves with our problems”.

We are very grate­ful to our many friends and ever widen­ing global com­mu­nity who so warmly wel­comed the Ngowi’s into their homes, churches, tem­ples, schools, uni­ver­si­ties and busi­nesses through­out Wis­con­sin and Illi­nois. Asante’ sana’! (Swahili for ‘thank you very much’!)

It Can Be Done!

  • Unity Christ Cen­ter, 1808 Fol­som, Eau Claire, WI
    9/​10 10am-​​12n Lat­tice Work T-​​Shirt mak­ing w/​Sandy Wag­ner.
    Bring a T-​​shirt; dona­tions to ICBD.
  • 9/​10   5:30-9pm ICBD Fundrais­ing Din­ner at home of Jacquie & Dale Stae­bell; Con­tact Unity for tickets/​info/​availability 715−836−0010
  • 9/​11 10am Sun­day Ser­vice & Unity 15th Year Anniver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion — spe­cial guests Alphonse & Eva Ngowi and the ICBD team. Music: The Night Crawlers & Unity Choir
  • 12:30–2:30pm Unity In Global Com­mu­nity Cir­cle –
    Cre­at­ing A Sus­tain­able World through Vision­ing, Net­work­ing, Truth Telling, Learn­ing & Lov­ing NOW!
    A pow­er­ful oppor­tu­nity to share in the vision­ing and cre­ation of a sus­tain­able world through equi­table part­ner­ship. Bring­ing together ‘cul­tural cre­atives’ from both the local com­mu­nity and as far away as Tan­za­nia, we are gath­er­ing to exchange infor­ma­tion, to learn about action­able ways to cre­ate sus­tain­abil­ity ‘inside and out’, and to be inspired by the sto­ries of every day peo­ple striv­ing to be… and to cre­ate… extra­or­di­nary pos­i­tive change.

    This is an after­noon of myth and sci­ence, heart and soul, ratio­nal think­ing and deep dream­ing… woven together by our per­sonal sto­ries and human expe­ri­ences. Please join us to learn, to share, to cre­ate, to pray and to cel­e­brate our com­mon goals for a good life.

    Bar­bara Joye, Pres­i­dent, It Can Be Done, USA and Tan­za­nia
    Bishop James Zin­zow, Pre­sid­ing World Bishop of the Lib­eral Catholic Church
    Spe­cial Music by Singer/​Songwriter Poppy Moelter

    Spe­cial Guests:
    Alphonce Ngowi, Project Man­ager, the Uru Water Project, Tan­za­nia
    Eva Ngowi, Founder, Acorn Women’s Group and Coöper­a­tive, Tanzania

    Hosted by:
    Rev. San­dra McK­in­ney and the con­gre­ga­tion of Unity Christ Cen­ter Eau Claire
    Cost: Offering

    7:30pm Ecsta­tic Dance w/​Jean Kowal­ski – Offer­ing donated to ICBD

  • Hope United Methodist Church, 2233 Golf Rd., Eau Claire, WI
    9/​12 6pm Cookies/​Coffee/​Conversation with Alphonse & Eva Ngowi and the ICBD team.– Cost: Offering
  • JONAH (Join­ing Our Neigh­bors Advanc­ing Hope)
    Social Jus­tice in Chippewa Val­ley—jonah​.wis​domwi​.org
    9/​13 11:30-1pm Bar­bara Joye, James Zin­zow, Eva & Alphonse Ngowi guests at JONAH Reli­gious Lead­ers Lun­cheon at Immanuel Lutheran Church., Eau Claire.
    10/​28 5:30pm Sup­per & Silent Auc­tion at Hope United Methodist Church with Lee Ann Richards; Pro­ceeds to sup­port ICBD water projects & women’s initiatives.

It Can Be Done!

  • Sat. 9/​17 8:30am-6:30pm Soulscapes Music & Breath­work: expe­ri­en­tial work­shop uti­liz­ing med­i­ta­tion, prayer, music, art & group process for self-​​awareness and personal/​spiritual growth. Facil­i­tated by Bar­bara Joye; pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit ICBD. barbara@​acorninvocations.​com or 847×482×0732 for info & registration.
  • Sun. 9/​18 3:00–6:30 pm Kil­i­man­jaro Meet & Greet for Kil­i­man­jaro Pledge Climbers & all inter­ested ICBD sup­port­ers! Bring a dish to share & meet Eva & Alphonse Ngowi as well as for­mer Kil­i­man­jaro Climbers and the ICBD team.1009 Camp­bell Court, Lake Bluff, IL; RSVP required, con­tact Chris Moses at 847−295−3524. Dona­tions to ICBD water project & women’s initiatives.
  • Sat. 9/​24: 10:00am Blue Lotus Tem­ple; Bud­dhist Med­i­ta­tion fol­lowed by ICBD Pre­sen­ta­tion with Eva & Alphonse Ngowi, Bar­bara Joye, James Zin­zow & Angela Dampier. Med­i­ta­tion & pro­gram con­ducted at the Uni­tar­ian Church,  225 Dean Street, Wood­stock, IL
  • Sun. 9/​25: Unity Church of Crys­tal Lake; Pre­sen­ta­tion Table & Info pro­vided by Angela Dampier on ICBD Projects, Mis­sion Trips & Pledge Climb after 10:00am Sun­day Ser­vice. 200 Ellsworth, Crys­tal Lake, IL.
  • Sat. 9/​24: 1:00–4:00pm The Present Moment; Shop & Share event with pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit ICBD’s water & women’s projects. Meet Eva & Alphonse Ngowi and the ICBD team. 521 North Mil­wau­kee Ave., Lib­er­tyville, IL www​.thep​re​sent​mo​mentinc​.com
  • Engi­neers With­out Bor­ders; spon­sored by stu­dent chap­ter of EWB at Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois, Cham­paign Urbana, Illi­nois; cam­pus wide event; details TBA


All men are caught in an inescapable net­work of mutu­al­ity, tied in a sin­gle gar­ment of des­tiny. What­ever affects one directly affects all indi­rectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. —Mar­tin Luther King, Jr.