Harambee Centre

Harambee Centre's mission is to connect the people of the Pacific Northwest with the people and cultures of Africa for the good of the global community. Our vision is to pull people together based on mutual understanding and respect and to create enduring relationships among diverse peoples. Our goals are: a) to inform, educate and enlighten people of our community about the cultures and realities of the vast and varied societies of Africa; b) to build bonds of understanding, respect, and mutually beneficial relationships between people in the Pacific Northwest and people in Africa; and c) to support self-help projects in African communities by generating funds from resources in our communit...
Oct 7, 2014

A Community's Dream for Their Girls

Daisy and Martha visiting Oregon
Daisy and Martha visiting Oregon

Dear Friends and Supporters of Matale,

We hope this update finds you and yours happy and healthy.  We have been busy planning the first ever ZoomUganda 5K Fun run/walk to take place on International Day of the Girl: October 11, 2014!  We are thrilled to do something active with our community of supporters here in Oregon, while at the same time working towards supporting the building of the dormitory to give the girls of Matale a safe place to learn.

Additionally, we continue to collaborate with the leadership team at St. Andrews Matale to plan the next phase of construction.  The school Board of Governors, led by a new chair, Mr. Joseph Mubiru is working with key members of the community to start planning their own fundraiser towards this project.  This is their dream too, to give their girls a safe place to learn.  They recognize and value your contributions and want to make sure they are matching the call in their own way.   

Daisy and Martha (pictured during their 2014 visit to Oregon) and their friends and classmates have dreams of becoming doctors, midwives, software engineers, teachers, etc. We thank you for your continued belief in girls like Daisy and Martha, and kindly request that you continue to include this important project in your giving plans.  DONATE TODAY by clicking on the Give Now button!

With gratitude from the ZoomUganda Team: Thomas Lwebuga, Julie Resnick and Noela Nalujjuna.

Sep 5, 2014

Women's Sewing Project

The latest class began in October of 2013, and continued until April, 2014. 15 young women were selected to be part of the project.

RUCONET introduced the project to the village and religious leaders of four villages in the Ward by

visiting them at their offices and informed them about the project. The leaders summoned the girls whom they

proposed to be selected and contacted their parents/guardians for the girls to be

interviewed. RUCONET team went to each village to interview the girls and those who were found

eligible were selected and a final decision was made on girls fitted most for the training as they were seen

to be desperately in need.

The girls learned to sew men and women's clothes as well as how to design their own fashions. The class also included training in embroidery, decorations and design. As part of their training, the girls attended a workshop on entrepreneurship and business skills.

through this training, the girls havechanged their life standards for themselves and their families. they are no longer dependent upon relatives for support. Most of the trainees are now self employed.

Again, many thanks to the generosity of our donors and GlobalGiving.

Jul 7, 2014

What the Girls' Dorm will mean for Daisy and Martha

Dear Friends & Supporters of Matale,

The ZoomUganda team and Harambee Centre wish you a happy summer!  Wherever it finds you, we hope you are getting time to recharge for the second half of 2014.

We have great news to share.  We started off the year with the goal of raising $10,000 towards building the Girls’ Dorm.  As of writing this update, we have raised almost $8,000 towards this goal!  Repeat that we say…almost $8,000!!  We know with your continued generosity in 2014, we will double this goal, which is nothing short of incredible.  We are currently working with the leadership team at St. Andrews Matale on logistics for the next phase of construction.  Our goal for 2014 is to go from the stage (as can be seen in the PDF), to a phase that enables the progress we are making together to stay intact i.e. not be exposed to the weather elements of the rainy season in tropical Uganda.  We cannot wait to share that progress with each of you, our donors. 

Our dream is that in a few years, we can be able to report back to you that your generosity is changing dreams for girls like Martha and Daisy (more on them below).  What we know for sure is that it takes infrastructure, work, and mentorship to create future leaders and achievers.  We request your continued support to invest in the futures of the young women of Matale and their community.

Matale Student Ambassadors to Southridge High School in Beaverton

Starting April 27th – May 17th 2014, Martha Naguti and Daisy Esther Namulema (pictured) got the opportunity of a lifetime.  Through the hard work of their sister school and friends at Southridge H.S., the two girls embarked on a three week cultural exchange trip to Oregon.  They spent that time attending classes with their host sisters, Taylor and Elodee, and having many ‘firsts” along the way, for example; first time on a plane, first time seeing the ocean at the Oregon coast, first time seeing snow at Mt. Hood, among others.  In addition, Martha and Daisy and Taylor and Elodee got to spend a day with the ZoomUganda team at Nike, learning about the company, career options, and the Girl Effect work of the Nike Foundation.  It was a trip of a lifetime for the girls!! 

What the Girls’ Dorm will mean for Daisy and Martha

Martha:  “The dorm will mean a lot to the community of St. Andrews Matale.  It will increase the amount of girls that can be in the boarding section at the school which will help them focus on their studies.  Thank you for supporting St. Andrews.”

Daisy:  “The girls’ dormitory will mean a lot of things like increasing the overall number of girls in the school, and saving girls the time to walk to school so that they can be on time to class.  It will also prevent some dangers like girls can be frightened when going back to their home.” 

We kindly request that you continue to include the Project in your 2014 giving plans.  DONATE TODAY by clicking on the Give Now button!

With gratitude from the ZoomUganda Team: Thomas Lwebuga, Julie Resnick and Noela Nalujjuna.

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