ABOUT US: THE INITIATIVE
Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives is a Non-Governmental Oganisation (CRO-No: 559149)
Formally launched on 27th of February 2016 by Salome Mbugua, President of Akidwa.
Borne out of a dire need for total inclusion of every citizen of Ireland, especially non-natives who have in recent years been made Irish citizens.
DMI is a different kind of NGO because our main perspective is about equal opportunity and integration of all people in all spheres and spectrum of Irish society without bias, regardless of cultural heritage and natural backgrounds.
Founded by Carol Azams, who has lived in Ireland since 2002 and now a naturalised Irish citizen hope to achieve her dream of seeing different communities come together to celebrate cultures as a way of promoting integration into Irish society through the new annual 'Ireland Festival of Nations'.
Carol is coming from media backgrounds with extensive experience in broadcasting and other media practices, also aims to use her experience working in the media to bring about desired change her own little ways through media activities as a way of creating opportunities for social inclusion and bridging a gap in this aspect of Irish society where inequality is very visible and migrants are totally absent.
She also founded Diversity Multicultural Television as a social enterprise but because it lacks needed funds to run it, she initiated DMI with the hopes of gaining state support to help bring about a dream of a migrant run media Radio Station with a separate body to oversea the affairs. (click here for more about this)
Our Main Objectives are as follows:
To Advocate and provide training aimed at improving social inclusion & integration of people from ethnic backgrounds, especially the youth.
To improve standard of understanding of Irish cultures for migrant people and as well promoting ethnic cultural activities in Ireland.
To create awareness and improve understanding of various Cultural Heritage in Ireland through debate, community talks & other events and symposia.
To promote peaceful co-existence of not only people of ethnic minorities, but all people in Ireland.
In furtherance exclusively of the foregoing main object, the body shall have the following subsidiary objects:
To address issues which affects migrant communities in Ireland. These includes economic needs, social inclusion, environment, health, and cultural relevance.
To provide and conduct cultural activities and events which is one the overall aim of the organization.
To Enhance the general understanding of minority cultural heritage by creating such environment to benefit the overall migrant communities in Ireland.
To empower and motivate youths in Ireland through creating and implementing structural and educational training sessions, workshops, retreats and other activities to aid in the self-development, etc.
To promote cultural exchange programs between Ireland and the new communities.
DMI is not for profit organisation with a policy of welcoming members covering abroad cross section of communities and individuals representing diverse & multicultural Irish society. Our goal is to seek to enhance the standard of ethics within Irish society .
CONTACT US TO BECOME A MEMBER. Yearly membership fee applies.
OUR MOTTO: Ireland of Equal opportunities is a better Ireland for all! Thank you.
DMI is proud to have affiliations with New Communities Partnership (NCP).
ON 27TH OF FEBRUARY, 20161, DMI ORGANISED A 1916 EVENT IN COMMEMORATION OF THE EASTER RISING, TAGGED "MISS CENTENARY IRELAND" to celebrate the women of 1916. Each contestant researched and presented papers onthe women and their involvements during the Rising.
THE EVENT WHICH TOOK PLACE IN CARLTON HOTEL - DUBLIN-15, SAW 8 YOUNG LADIES FROM DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES COMPETE TO WIN THE TITLE OF MISS CENTENARY IRELAND 2016.
IT WAS PLANNED TO COINCIDE WITH THE FORMAL LAUNCH OF THE ORGANISATION.
DMI did not receive any funding for this event.
(Equality Campaigner, Broadcaster & Social Entrepreneur)
Carol speaking to UTV Ireland on Election 2016.
"Equal opportunity for migrants is always a major concern."
At a meeting with the Chief Commissioner for Human Rights and Equality Commission ( DMI, Immigrant Council of Ireland, NCP, Africa Centre, and Akidwa)
A total of 8 girls from 6 different countries took part in this very important event. These girls, some of them young mums have all come from foreign lands and were brave enough to take the challenge of learning the history of Ireland, the place they now call home, to understand what happened here in 1916 and the roles women played during the revolution. They were each given the task to undertake studies of some of the women, for which each of them gave presentations at the event.
Annie Waithira, originally from Kenya won the title with her winning poem 'Dear Future Ireland', Annie now works alongside Carol as the national coordinator of DMI.
We also run a variety of courses and activities that improve the skills of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to enable them to realise their full potential and find employment. In addition, the activities help reduce isolation and improve confidence. Our volunteer tutors are from different backgrounds and some speak different languages, deliver all the courses and activities.
Other courses we offer includes Computer classes, English classes, Film sessions, Photography, Childcare & Health workshops, Youth Empowerment programmes and creative activities such as crochet, jewellery-making, theater and creative writing. Thank you very much.
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Back in August, DMI coordinator, Annie Waithira took the initiative to host a community/family Barbecue on the 28th of August in Wicklow. She used the forum to discuss the serious issue of Racism and how it affects people.
Hear DMI Cordinator talks about serious racism issues