Monday, February 22, 2010
Mutombo’s Organization, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Focuses On Equality and Empowerment For All People
Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA player and activist, has been chosen by the U.S. Census as a National Profile Partner. In his role, he will work with the Census and create outreach strategies to increase overall participation in the Census among African and African-American communities, and also utilize the Census information for outreach projects to improve the quality of life for people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is dedicated to equality and empowerment for all people, with a focus on those in the Congo.
Mutombo’s role as a National Profile Partner will be twofold - to speak to African audiences and communicate the importance of the Census and being counted; and to demonstrate the connection between the Census and support for other communities, including the Congo and other African countries. Mutombo also will act as a spokesperson for the Census and will integrate U.S. Census information on the Foundation’s website which currently boasts thousands of visitors per week.
“An accurate Census means that communities will have the necessary organizations to service its people,” said Mutombo. “That’s why it is important for everyone to be counted, even those of us who are from Africa and other countries. If we want to take advantage of what our community has to offer, we need to be counted as well.”
According to the 2000 Census, the number of Africans living in the United States reached 881,300, which comprised almost three percent of the total foreign-born population. That number is expected to continue to rise in the 2010 Census count.
The Dikembe Mutombo FoundationThe Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Foundation strives to accomplish this goal through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo. For more information, visit www.dmf.org.
In related news, President Obama has recorded a message urging participation in the 2010 Census. He states, “Every 10 years, our Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census. This helps determine your representation in Congress, as well as how federal funds are spent on things like schools and roads, and where businesses decide to put new stores and factories. So when you get your census form in mid-March, take about 10 minutes to answer 10 questions -- remembering to include everyone in your household. Because we can't move forward until you mail it back.” The PSA and a 20-second version are available now at http://2010census.gov/.
Source and photo: GlobalHue