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Presentation - Objectives and Missions
In order to allow PRO.ME.TRA to fully and freely carry out its mission and objectives, the Government of Senegal has granted it diplomatic status.
On August 4th, 2004, this diplomatic status was sealed by signature of a Headquarters Agreement between the Republic of Senegal Government and the International Organization for the Promotion of Traditional Medicine (PRO.ME.TRA).
PRO.ME.TRA is an International Organization with its general objective the pro-motion and preservation of Traditional Medicine and the creation of links among cultures throughout the world. The objectives of PRO.ME.TRA are be summarized as follows:
PRO.ME.TRA supporting youth and schools through gifts and actions for the training of future African leaders
PRO.ME.TRA is as much an organism of cultural research, medical practice, scientific research structure works as an instrument of African integration and international relations through the rehabilitation of traditional medicine, ancient religions and universal spirituality.
This mission must help to provide the developing world with a future, and particularly to help the rehabilitation of indigenous sciences, which are disappearing rapidly. The work and philosophy of PRO.ME.TRA is symbolized by this logo.
The container depicted in the logo conveys a very important symbol in indigenous traditions. It is ﬁrst of all, the container with inexhaustible abundance, where the liquid ﬂows out like a spring. That is why, it is attributed to ﬂuvial divinities.
The container also holds the beverage of immortality and, as a result. life. The containers are still substitutes of keepers of the space on the sacriﬁcial areas, (xamb for lebous practicing the ndëp, in Senegal). The container still remains also the instrument of conventional drink. It contains among others Water: source of life, means of puriﬁcation and the center of regeneration. The Container, like the vagina, the matrix, is the source of life. That is why, in some ancient religions, dead children were placed in fetal positions and enclosed in a container, as a return to sources.
According to some myths, there are two containers at the front door of God. The one on the left side containing good; and the one on the right side evil.
THE CONTAINER WITH HOLES
The events of the previous ﬁve centuries have given important multiple blows to indigenous societies everywhere in the world. In fact, before the 15th century, there was a balance between continents as well as a mutual respect between cultures and civilizations.
Africa bled in a particular way, and is still bleeding from the conquest of explorers, and today suffers from the current economic growth, passing through the periods of slavery and colonization.
There is a need to remind that slavery claimed roughly 80% of the active population of the African continent. After slavery, this weakened continent was arbitrarily divided by colonizers. Today, the terms of economical exchange between the North and the South serve to bleed Africa more and more.
All these blows have created many holes in the container of Africa. The blood is ﬂowing out while life is passing away. The future of Africa is in jeopardy. Africa conservatively represents only 1% of the global economy. In many peoples thoughts, the non- existence of Africa and the entire destruction of its people will not change anything important in the evolution of today's world.
This is a real concern! The container is pierced. What should be done? To give hope to Africa, PRO.ME.TRA invites all the sons and daughters of Africa, in a collective move, to close a hole of the container with one ﬁnger. Use only one out of your ten ﬁngers. This action of collective contribution will allow the container to become whole again. Thus, this container will still be able to play fully its role and the future of Africa will rise out of the ashes.
This is then the meaning of the motto of PRO.ME.TRA: Mboga Com: "all together in honor, dignity and pride." We must unite our efforts and collectively close the holes of this container and assure the positive future of Africa.
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