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In the wake of Hurricane Irma’s passage through Cuba, we’re just now getting news of the devastation it has caused. The ferocity of this hurricane, combined with the amount of time it spent hovering over the island, made it the worst hurricane to hit Cuba in more than 100 years. Literally every province in Cuba felt the effect, with some of the central provinces seeing enormous damage. In addition to major flooding and high winds that destroyed buildings and private property, lives have been lost and many people were injured. Recovery has started, but Cubans are facing long power outages, shortages of food and water, empty shelves in the stores, and a scarcity of building materials for reconstruction.

Oloshas United is committed to our international Orisha community, and wants to reach out to help Olorishas in Cuba who experienced loss and damage to their homes and personal property as a result of Irma. Many of these people are in great need, and they don’t have insurance to cover the cost of replacing their homes and property. We’re particularly concerned about our religious brothers and sisters on the island, who are often among the most vulnerable members of society. Their lack of financial resources even in good times is heartbreaking to us who live in the developed world. In times of crisis, their living conditions deteriorate very rapidly. Let’s stretch out a hand to help them!

Our efforts to raise money for the Texas relief fund following Hurricane Harvey were very successful. We raised more than $4000 in a short amount of time, and were able to get money into the hands of those who most needed it right away.
No other humanitarian group focuses exclusively on OUR religious community. We need to look out for each other and help each other when disaster strikes.

While those afflicted by Irma in other areas of the Caribbean and the US have insurance to help them rebound, Cubans do not. Our donations will help those affected by Irma. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to OLOSHAS UNITED RELIEF FUND FOR CUBA by clicking on the link below. PayPal is the fastest and easiest way to donate money while ensuring your financial information and privacy as a donor are protected. Oloshas United is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization with legal recognition by the IRS. As such, we can legally send humanitarian relief to Cuba under section 515.575 of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations of the US Department of the Treasury. Your donation is legal, and much appreciated!





The following photos provide a heartbreaking look at the profound damage Hurricane Irma has inflicted on many families all over the island.

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Havaneros waddling through water, possibly filled with sewage and debris.

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Woman scavenging for food.

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Victims of Irma trying to rescue anything they can.

Oloshas United’s Texas Relief Fund Needs Our Help!

Good day!

While this weekend the rest of the country is celebrating this final reprieve before the onset of winter, there are those in Texas who are not spending it at the beach, by a pool, or preparing for a family bar-b-cue. Some of them are OUR people; Orisha devotees and followers of other African-based faiths.

OU has already received the support of many of you in our community and we appreciate the many donations from those who asked no questions other than “Where do we send our donations?” Thanks to you, we have already identified and assisted several families in distress. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Still, the job is far from done. Those who were affected by Harvey still need help. Other families have been identified, but the money we have collected can only go so far.

We need your help. Please donate to Oloshas United’s Texas Relief Fund.

Oloshas United is a 501c3 non-profit organization, duly registered with IRS. One hundred percent of the money you donate will go directly to the people in need, and your donations are tax deductible.





Kí Olorún n’agbé ó!

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Iniciación a la Religión Lukumí (en español), Versión de vídeo

Sólo para olorishas lukumíes iniciados
Comienza Octubre 1, 2016
Costo: $25.00 por clase. Esta suma debe ser pagada por adelantado mensualmente, al comienzo de cada mes.

Este seminario cubrirá detalladamente los rituales de la ceremonia de iniciación lukumí, desde los pasos que anteceden las ceremonias hasta el procedimiento ritual de la salida del iyawó a la plaza del mercado a los 7 días de la iniciación.

Se ofrecerá por vía electrónica, un vídeo por semana, hasta completar la serie.

Para registrarse, pulse aquí Registración.

Debe proveer su nombre, dirección, número(s) de teléfono y dirección(es) electrónica. Además, deberá incluir el nombre y la información de contacto de sus mayores religiosos o de 2 personas reconocidas en la comunidad que puedan verificar su estatus como iniciado. Sin esta confirmación no podrá participar del seminario. Luego de obtener la respuesta a su aplicación vía email, debe postear un depósito NO REEMBOLSABLE de $50.00 que podrá pagar con su tarjeta de crédito a través de PayPal. Este depósito será aplicado al costo del primer mes de clases y le asegurará su puesto. El balance sería pagadero, a más tardar, una semana antes del comienzo del seminario.

Para registrarse, pulse aquí Registración.

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A new cycle of Eleda.Org’s video ordination seminar, in English, begins in September 2017.

Cost: $25 a class, payable in advance, on a monthly basis


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Dilogún

Begins: July 10th, 2017
Time: Mondays, 7:30 to 9 pm, EST
Location: Miami, Eleda.Org’s office in Westchester
Cost: $20 per class (In-class participation) $25 per class (Webex)–payable in advance, on a monthly bas
Limit: 25 students

Eleda.Org announces a new approach to divination classes, an introductory course to the Lukumí Dilogún oracle.

Unlike our full seminar, this class will be open to all Lukumí olorishas so long as they can verify their ordination status. It will help to promote a greater understanding of the oracle’s procedures, significance, and interpretation, and lay important foundations, especially for the younger olorisha.

If you are interested in partaking of this seminar, register as soon as possible. You must provide a minimum of two verifiable references that will confirm your religious status/ordination and their contact information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Once you application has been approved, we shall send an email requesting a NON-REFUNDABLE $50.00 deposit, which will be deducted from your first month’s dues. Please make sure that your email address is entered correctly in the registration form. The deposit must be paid by July 1st. The request for the balance of the first month’s payment will be sent to all the participants the week before the class begins.

The deposit is payable through Eleda.Org’s “Seminars & Payments” section. We cannot guarantee a seat without a deposit. DO NOT POST YOUR DEPOSIT UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL NOTIFYING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN APPROVED TO PARTICIPATE.

Don’t lose time. Register today.


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Kardec

Spiritualism and its Diffusion across the Spanish Caribbean
Guest Lecturer: Ysamur Flores-Peña, PhD.
Date: April 30th—May 28th, 2017
Time: 11 am to 1 pm, EST
Cost: $150.00
Limit: 25 students

This class will meet every Sunday for four consecutive weeks, beginning on April 30. There will be no class on May 14th due to the Mother’s Day holiday.

The class will meet for four sessions and will be offered via Webex. Participants must download and subscribe to the free version of Webex that is available online. It will be available to anyone who is interested in the topic: the class is NOT exclusively for olorishas.

This seminar will provide a profound understanding of Kardecian spiritualism and its diffusion throughout the Spanish Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico), and other areas of Latin America. In addition, the class will discuss the encounter between Kardecian spiritualism and the Indigenous and African religious traditions it found in the Caribbean, especially the Bantú-Congo practices that were present and very influential in all three islands.

Finally, the class will review the diffusion of these traditions to the United States, brought by immigrants from these islands, beginning as early as the nineteenth century. This more recent migration has introduced Americans from all walks of life, many of whom seek responses that Western religion has not provided. In the U.S., Caribbean spiritualism not only meets the practices of its sister islands, as continues interacting with the African religions that began flourishing there in the 1960s when Cuban immigrants introduced Congo and Lukumí (Yoruba) religion.

To register, please click the following link: REGISTER. Because this is an open class, there is no need to provide references.

After filling out the form, follow this link to Eleda.Org’s “Seminars & Payments.” Once there, look for the class and post a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. The balance must be paid NO LATER than April 23rd. You may also opt to pay in full.

The week before the class, you will receive an email with a Webex link that will take you to the class. Please, it is important that you familiarize yourself with Webex before the first class, as it is impossible for Dr. Flores or any of Eleda.Org’s staff to assist you when the class starts.


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The Oloshas United chapter in Central Florida will open 2017 with a Wemilere for Obatal’a to continue with our prayers for world peace and healing. Will you help with $16.08? Every donation counts.

El cápitulo de Oloshas United Central Florida abrirá el 2017 con un wemilere para Obatalá para continuar nuestra rogación por la paz y la sanación del mundo. ¿Pudiera ayudar donando $16.08? Toda donación ayuda.

Kí Olorún n’agbé ó!





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Eledá.Org Seminars

Ewé Osayín—Osayín, his gifts, and our relationship with them

Lecture 8: Herbs and the Odu Ogundá
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 10 AM to approximately 2 PM
Cost: $50 (in-class participation); $55 for Webex participants

This series will help the serious olorisha to establish well-founded theoretical and practical perspectives and knowledge about herbs and their usage in Lukumí Orisha Worship.

This lecture will discuss the proscriptions and prescriptions related with the Odu Ogundá and several of the Odu’s defense mechanisms through the use of herbs and ebó ewé ní l’ara—ritual or purificatory baths. Though the class will be vital for all participants interested in founding solid foundations about herbs and odu, this class will be of special interest to those olorishas who have Ogundá as their guiding odu. Don’t miss it.

Space is limited so act quickly, but please do not reserve if you are not serious about taking the class.

All those interested in participating must send register by clicking the registration link and filling out the form. You must provide your full birth and osha names, date and place of initiation, the name and contact information for TWO olorishas that can verify your status as an olorisha. References are a MUST. Without this verification, you CANNOT participate.

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Once your information is verified, you will be asked to pay an initial $25.00, NON-REFUNDABLE deposit using PayPal. The balance must be paid before November 10, 2016. Failure to do so could cost you your seat in the class and the loss of your deposit.

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