In Her Kitchen Unity Through Recipe

In a collaboration between the local organization In Her Presence and the Maine College of Arts Public Engagement Students, In Her Kitchen seeks to promote the capabilities of immigrant women through a series of animated recipe exchanges.

In Her Presence is reaching to immigrant women with different cultures and backgrounds. Toting the slogan Out of the Shadow and Onto the Stage, the group hosts English language classes and a variety of educational workshops to provide a platform for Maine immigrant women to better integrate and succeed here in Maine.

In Her Kitchen In Her Presence
Maine College of Art - Animation Exchange

The students of the Animation Exchange class at Maine College of Art are the individuals responsible for making this collaborative project, including the development of six videos with animation, the InHerKitchen.org website, and setting up an exhibition for the community members of Maine. The Animation Exchange teaches art students about the production process, graphic design, advertising/promotion, and teamwork.

Meet The Chefs
Yolande Maridor Matoko

From the Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, Yolande is a French Pastry Chef who went to culinary school in the Ivory Coast. She is certified in Pastries from the Atlantic Palace Hotel. She has over 20 years of experience in creating pastries of all kinds.

She is highly skilled in production work.

Sylvina Leso

Sylvina is a seamstress from Angola, who has a passion for cooking.

Esther Kisimba

Esther Kisimba, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been living in Maine for almost 3 years. She is a gospel music singer and loves to cook for her peers.


Nahlah Alsafar

Nahlah is known for creating dishes for practical uses such as Date-Balls, as they are great for nutrition and helps keep people full.

Marina Nahimana

Marina Nahimana is an advocate for fresh, organic foods that are chemical free.

Claudette Ndayininahaze

Claudette arrived in Maine just five years ago from Burundi, where she served as National Sales Manager of Heineken, the largest soft beverage and brewer in Burundi. Deeply committed to the welfare of women and girls, she also served as the president of Burundi Girl Scouts Association. She has held several community positions since her arrival, and is currently a cultural broker at The Opportunity Alliance. Claudette’s business acumen and experience, in multiple cultures, are a tremendous asset as she seeks positive outcomes with sustainable results.


From the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cathy is a seamstress and home support staff for elderly people.


Recipe Film Screening and Community Dinner

Hosted by Maine College of Art


November 30th @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm


A short screening of recipe films created by MECA students in the Public Engagement class Animation Exchange in collaboration with cooks from In Her Presence, a not-for-profit serving women from various immigrant communities in Maine through English classes, self-advocacy tools, and a variety of workshops. Community dinner featuring recipes from In Her Presence contributors to follow.


Hosted by Maine College of Art: Public Engagement Department


For more information contact Amelia Garretson-Persans at agarretson-persans@meca.edu


This event will take place in the MECA Cafe. The film screening will begin at 4:30PM, with a community dinner to follow at 5PM.


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Contact Us
www. In Her Presence .org

Abusana Micky Bondo

Co - Founder

Claudette Ndayininahaze

Co - Founder

Project Coordinator

Amelia Garretson-Persans


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Richie Ward



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