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Lives Are Being Changed!

Victory Women in Development Association (ViWiDA)-USA   is designed to enrich and change lives; specifically, targeting Women and Youths. Unlike competitors of VIWIDA-USA, programs offered by VIWIDA are unique because of the heritage/culture from which it is derived.

dina1In 1998, the founder, Dinnah Walton who is a CFO for Victory Women in Development Association VIWIDA USA, returned home to Tanzania, East Africa after sixteen years of residing in the United States. When she got home she found that since she first left the country, the living conditions in Tanzania have deteriorated further into extreme poverty, political disharmony, with HIV aids diseases running rampage among other things.

Albeit the democratization of the government and the privatization of businesses in Tanzania seemed to have changed the social climate; AIDS, lack of decent education, and extreme poverty continues to run amok.  It became apparent that the values, integrity and aspirations of a greater Tanzania, including the island of Zanzibar have been lost.  Aids, famine, and diseases are taking lives every day as 1.3 million people are affected with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. Children of the effected remain homeless; so many of them are orphans left behind by their dying relatives. Large percentage of Youth are lacking education, and direction in their daily lives; while, most women remain not only uneducated and married young, but also are victims of either domestic violence or trafficking.

Even with modern technologies reaching the people of Tanzania; most of them are unable to capitalize on these resources because of sub-par education achievement, and political tension that has been brewing for almost half a century, because of the union between the Tanganyika and Zanzibar governments when they formed Tanzania early in 1960s.

Education standards in Tanzania are far below international standards. Many schools lack basic resources; operating without books or even desks, forcing dedicated students to learn while sitting on classroom floors, which may or may not be a finished concrete floor. Meanwhile teachers go months without pay, and whom they themselves may be lacking in the skills to efficiently train students.  While mainland Tanzania is utilizing what resources they have to improve education, the island of Zanzibar is lagging far behind because of political tensions between the Zanzibar and the government of Tanzania as mentioned earlier.

On returning to United States, Dinnah decided to do something to change the situation in Tanzania, but in doing so became aware to similar hardships faced by people at her home, in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Thus, Dinnah felt compelled to create the nonprofit organization that would work to combat homelessness, extreme poverty, and empower women, youth, underprivileged by helping get the resources they need. For example transitional housing for homeless individuals, life skills to empower women, and helping to close the education achievement gap among urban youth in America and in Tanzania, E Africa.  After much collaboration with dedicated people in the community she serve, and the support of family and friends, Victory Women in Development Association,(ViWiDA) U.S.A. was formed in 2001 by Dinnah and other two founders, Dr. Alwiya Omar and Edythe Shapiro; with the help of Mr. Ari Merratezon, a dedicated community developer and U.S. Veteran.

Today, ViWiDA-USA provides programs to empower Women,Youth and Underprivileged individuals in Local and International Communities. For example, The Youth Educational & Exchange Program, which is a 9 month curriculum designed to enrich inner city education with cultures exposures and offering students a chance to learn how they can help other people not only in their communities, but to learn about the hardships shared by people in Tanzania, Africa, and the world in general. Participants are empowered through volunteerism and willingness to serve the human kind. The programs encourage participants to own businesses also.

A special note from the founder:-  ” I wish some women and men around the world will adopt the same kind of an organization which is victorious to women, youth and empowering communities. They can copy what we do, and may be we will hear about Victory Women in Development Association ViWiDA-Japan, or ViWiDA-Europe, ViWiDA-China, ViWiDA Malaysia, ViWiDA-Asia, India, or ViWiDA-Africa and so on. Let the movement to Empower Women and Youth grow around the world till there is PEACE; till Women are no longer VICTIMS of Impunity; till Youth are empower to create a better world for their parents; till Poverty and Diseases are no longer a problem to humanity!” – dswalton @ ViWiDA-USA

VIWIDA-USA improves and enriches the life experiences of Women and Youth across the globe.

Some of the initiatives of VIWIDA-USA includes:-

Empowering Women Program designed to help women become independent, escape domestic violence, learn the skills to find better jobs. The program also works to educate women on high risk medical conditions, as well as provide free or low cost individual counseling and support groups. VIWIDA   empowers, also encourages women, and youth to be Industrialists.

How Banks Can Finance Permanent Supportive Housing by usichgov

 Ending Youth Homelessness by 2020


The VIWIDA-USA Youth Educational & Exchange Program is conducted through the coordination of MLADEF (formerly VIWIDA Tanzania); Mizat Tours & Travels, and other collaborators of VIWIDA.

This Video Was envisaged in my house by My Son MoWalton & his FRIENDS.  2012 Election-YOUTH EMPOWERMENT-MALARKEY is not! @ VIWIDA-USA! DEBATE 2012 – OBAMA V/S ROMNEY RAP BATTLE….


Want to start a startup? How to Raise Money – The Teespring Campaign (Fr Lecture 7 to10)



Lecture 9 features Marc Andreessen, Founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits. Marc, Ron, and Parker take Q&A on the topic of How to Raise Money.

The Teespring campaign (t-shirt pictured below) for this class ends next week, so don’t miss out!

Readings have been posted through November 11, including a comprehensive reading list from Ron Conway in today’s recommended readings.

You’re gonna love this one, folks. Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, and Alfred Lin, Partner at Sequoia Capital and previously COO of Zappos, really nailed Lecture 10.

And today’s readings are about Zappos and Airbnb – you’ll definitely notice some common themes.

Lecture 7 – How to Build Products Users Love and Lecture 8 – How to Get Started, Doing Things that Don’t Scale, Press

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Free E-Business Course Lecture Videos#5&6 is on Now! Want to start a startup? Be Your Own Boss

Lecture 6 is ready for your viewing! Alex refers to a number of the readings which are available at the bottom of the lecture page.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Lecture 5 by Peter Thiel is ready for your consumption!

Peter was generous to offer some signed copies of Zero to One to students following along with this class (along with releasing chapters 3-5 as a reading for this lecture).

The top 2 submissions for each of project 0 and project 1 on Reddit based on submission score (upvotes – downvotes), by next Tuesday October 14th at 9:00 AMPacific Time will receive Zero to One, signed by Peter Thiel!

Additionally, Project 2 has been posted to the website. Submission for that will be on Reddit as well.


If you have missed on Lecture 4 here is the link to

Lecture 4: Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing


You can also catch up on Lecture 3 right here….

 Lecture 3, Project 1, Project Submission Details

Paul Graham just delivered an awesome lecture on Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideas.

Project 1 has been posted to the course webpage. We have set up a subreddit for project submission. You can start submitting project 0 (and even project 1), and you are encouraged to give feedback to other students. Please read the rules on the subreddit before submitting!

For your convenience, I have consolidated all resources/links related to the class in one place:


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We make information easier for your access @ ViWiDA-USA.

Resources to Empower Women and Youth, can be obtained right here at Victory Women in Development Association. If you are a subscriber, then ViWiDA-USA brings it all to your inbox, and sometimes in an article like this one. 

You can get information for Youth, Women and Seniors; as well as, Affordable housing, Mental Health, and other vital information for Veterans and the public at large.

Get $400 by calling 215.685.3724.. now! Foster Grandparents-Philadelphia Seniors, age 55 or older, are sought as role models, mentors and tutors for the city’s youth. Participants receive a tax-free stipend of $400, free transportation, and sick, vacation as well as personal leave days. If interested, call 215.685.3724.

June 27— Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic are sponsoring the 20th Case Management Conference. This year’s theme is “Poverty and Mental Illness—Can the Connection be Broken?” Visithttp://www.wpic.pitt.edu/oerp/conferences for info or to register

September 19-20 — Sexuality, Intimacy & Aging Conference, Widener University, Chester. Details and registration at https://www.eventbrite.com

MHopsonMalik Hopson: A Genius Among Us

Please join us in supporting this brilliant shining star on his path to academic excellence!

Seventeen year old Philadelphia native, Malik Hopson is defying all stereotypes of young urban black men. He actualizes the potential excellence that we all possess!

This week Malik graduated as Valedictorian of at one Philadelphia’s premiere academic high schools, George Washington Carver School for Engineering and Science. (#1 Yall!!)
He scored a perfect 800 on his MATH SAT and will head to Harvard University this fall to begin studies in neuroscience, physics or pre-med (He hasn’t decided which or all he will undertake).
Although most of Malik’s school fees are covered by scholarship and financial aid, he still needs funds to cover books, meals and incidentals.Please consider supporting Malik with a contribution as he continues on his path of academic excellence.
DONATE NOW! $10, 25, 50, 100, +

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Uptown Hall of Fame Awards, June 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM at CBS 3 Studios, 1555 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia.Tickets: $100, $75, $50. call 215-236-1878 for more information.

Discount tickets for $25.00 available for seniors and students, Call the office at 215-236-1878 


Youths are Representative of Power – Myth & Ego – The Mask of Power

As we take you through our Culture Exposed moments, please join us right here at Viwida-USA in supporting Youth Programs by helping to empower our youth as they are becoming Adults.
Watch these videos to understand some of our youths in different cultures; what they need to do in order for them to be transformed; how are they taking their power and mount on The Mask of Power as they journey through life and becoming responsible Adults. 
Youth are representative of power as they broke the dependency of Ego. Ego can’t reflect upon itself unless it has a mirror against which to read itself and that mirror is a Mythological schedule that lets it know where and what it is. Myth lets us know where we are across the ages of life.
A mythological schedule is like a patterned mirror, and the Ego see itself in that reflection and know where it is in the scoreboard. E.g: A person of age 40 who is wondering weather his going to be punished by his mother has not move on. This person should see himself as a free, willing, self responsible human being. He should have noble powers that will enable him to act in nobility.

To understand further the mystery of Ego, Myth and youth taking on the Mask of Power please see videos below….

Joseph Campbell–Myth As the Mirror for the Ego

Joseph Campbell–On Becoming an Adult