National Council of African Women

NCAW Branches

Provincial Branches/Presidents

EASTERN CAPE : info not available
FREESTATE : Jean Motaung
GAUTENG : Mandisa Mokgata
LIMPOPO : Stella Motsai
NORTH WEST : Martha Mzondeki
NORTHERN CAPE : Morongwa Litheko (Acting)
WESTERN CAPE : Elizabeth Darkwa (Acting)

United States Branches/Presidents

MIDWEST : P. Beck
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CHICAGO : P. Beck
ILLINOIS : G. Maxi
NORTH CHICAGO : A. Paraham

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF AFRICAN WOMEN, NORTH CHICAGO BRANCH

MAILING ADDRESS:
P. O. 597286, Chicago, IL 60659-7286
Phone: 773.317.6954 | Fax: 773.764.2854
Email: northchicagobranch@ncaw.org

Arlether Paraharm, President
open, Vice President
Catherine Sykes, Recording Secretary
open, Corresponding Secretary
Constance Hamedani, Financial Secretary/Treasurer

NCAW, North Chicago Branch History

The Chicago Branch of NCAW was inducted into the National Council of African Women in South Africa in 1993. It embraces the goals and objectives of the parent body while retaining its own freedom to address local issues of concern. Presently, the Chicago area has four branches: NCAW, Chicago; NCAW, Habari; NCAW, Illinois, and NCAW, North Chicago.

Mrs. Arlether Paraharm became President of NCAW North Chicago Branch in 2016 after Mrs. Constance Hamedani requested that she take the leadership of the organization. Mrs. Paraharm will continue with the previous projects initiated under Mrs. Hamedani but has wonderful ideas for new, future missionary work.<

The NCAW, North Chicago Branch was organized October 8, 2005. The primary objectives of the North Chicago Branch are to address the needs of the sick, indigent, and needy of developing countries-particularly Africa, with a focus on HIV/Aids orphans in South Africa and other African countries.

Some of our recent and noteworthy undertakings include our involvement with an orphanage in Kenya and a day care center in South Africa. Our objectives there are interpreted through current projects such as:

Providing food, clothing, medical, financial support, and other needed supplies.
Building a coalition of supporters to fund construction of water purification and sewer treatment plants.

NCAW, NORTH CHICAGO BRANCH MISSION, VISION, VALUES, AND OBJECTIVES

OUR MISSION:

  • WE ARE A BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF AFRICAN WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA.
  • WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN MISSIONARIES COMMITTED TO SERVING THE SICK, INDIGENT, AND NEEDY OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY AFRICA.
  • WE WILL AID OUR CLIENTS WITH MANPOWER, SERVICE, FINANCIAL, AND/OR PRODUCT NEEDS.

OUR VISION:

  • TO BE RECOGNIZED AS MISSIONARIES AVAILABLE TO SERVE BOTH NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. TO BE RECOGNIZED AS MISSIONARIES. . .
  • TO BE EFFECTIVE LEADER AND PARTNER IN SERVICE EFFORTS BY BEING GENEROUS WITH OUR TIME, TALENT, AND RESOURCES.
  • TO USE KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND EXPERTISE IN THE ACQUISITION OF MANPOWER, FINANCIAL, AND PRODUCT RESOURCES FOR OUR CLIENTS.
  • TO STRIVE TO FACILITATE THE SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND SELF-SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR CLIENTS.
  • TO BE COGNIZANT AND RESPECTFUL OF THE CULTURE OF OUR CLIENTS.

OUR VALUES:

  • ETHICS: ETHICAL CONDUCT IN SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, AND PARTNERSHIP
  • CONFIDENCE: CONFIDENCE AND TRUST IN DOING A HIGH-QUALITY, EFFECTIVE, AND WELL-DONE SERVICE
  • CLIENT-FOCUSED: FOCUSED SOLELY ON THE NEEDS AND WISHES OF THE CLIENT
  • INITIATIVE: RESPONSIBLE AND ENTERPRISING, SEEING THE JOB, DOING THE JOB!
  • TEAMWORK: COOPERATIVE LEADERSHIP, FOLLOWERSHIP, AND PARTNERSHIP TO GET THE JOB DONE

OUR OBJECTIVES:

  • TO DETERMINE, BY CONSULTATION WITH THE CLIENT, THE NEEDS AND SUBSEQUENT ESTABLISHMENT OF A TIMEFRAME FOR SERVICE
  • TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR CLIENT IN TERMS OF SERVICE, FUNDS, OR PRODUCTS
  • TO ASSIST AND SUPPORT THE CLIENT IN ACHIEVING A LEVEL OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY THROUGH TRAINING, ACQUISITION OF MANPOWER, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND/OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF AFRICAN WOMEN, NORTH CHICAGO BRANCH
Current Projects as of March 30, 2006

LEGAE DAY CARE CENTRE, BLOEMFONTEIN, FREE STATE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
(A SISTER BRANCH OF NCAW)


Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Dibolelo Madito, Matron of Facility
175 children between the ages of 2 and 16 years old
Needs: food, clothes, school supplies, money
Problems: squatter camp, water and sanitation issues
Our goal: provide needed supplies, monetary donations

MASENO ORPHAN HEALTH INITIATIVE, WESTERN PART OF KENYA
Contacts: Dr. Gerry & Nancy Hardison
William Jefferson Clinton Foundation Recommendation
Over 13,000 orphans, spread out into 15 parishes
Needs: food, clothes, blankets, school supplies
Problems: problem with delivery of resources to the parishes; lack of running water; contaminated water resulting in numerous deaths of children from diarrhea
Our goal: provide needed supplies, monetary donations

Additional needs seen after visit:
There is a great need for some form of electrical power. Also needed are chairs, beds, portable files, a small bull-horn or portable PA system, toys and books for the children.

DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER PURIFICATION AND SEWER TREATMENT PLANT
Project Goal – To build a coalition of partners to support this project.