HABESHA Inc. was formed in 2002 under the leadership of the organization’s Executive Director, Cashawn Myers. As a Clark Atlanta University graduate student, Myers was inspired by a professor’s remarks concerning the lack of positive opportunities for youth living in public housing units neighboring the university’s campus. This occurrence convinced Myers to start of a summer cultural enrichment program called Plant a CEAD, (Cultural Enrichment and Academic Development). The program later evolved into the Black to our Roots program (see more details below). From this base, the organization expanded its activities to include education and awareness around sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, holistic health and technology. HABESHA’s success has led to the establishment of an affiliate branch in Baltimore as well as the Atlanta-based HABESHA Gardens Complex. The work of the organization has also been featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting and CNN.
PAN-AFRICAN HABESHA, Inc. is committed to promoting principles and values that emphasize African culture and heritage. Through our work we seek to offer African-American children insight into African history and cultural practices from across the Diaspora. In this way, we are engaging youth in developing positive self-image and awareness.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT HABESHA also promotes leadership so that young people are prepared to enter the world as responsible citizens. This occurs by offering young people opportunities to participate in civic engagement projects that encourage them to become stewards of their communities and participate in the betterment of their environment. The organization’s leadership model includes activities that emphasize economic success, entrepreneurship and academic excellence.
SUSTAINABILITY Though our programming we seek to shape young people’s perspectives on environmental sustainability by promoting practices and principles centered on the concept of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Additionally, our work has introduced youth to sustainable technologies and also includes the idea of a sustainable lifestyle, which take into consideration the importance of personal health.