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...
Dec 2, 2014

Naisosion News

We are pleased to announce that your continued generosity and support of the Naisosian Sewing Project in Arusha, Tanzania has meant that we are able fund a secondary program to provide young women with more advanced training to improve their competitive edge in the marketplace. You raised $600 toward our goal of $2,593. Thank you.

The Naisosian sewing program for young women is one of several projects connected with the Rural Community Network (RUCONET) in Tanzania. The success of the initial program, which was focused on dressmaking and women's tailoring, has resulted in many young women now being able to pay for education and health care for themselves and their children. 

The funds raised are paying for a skilled teacher and assistant to provide an advanced two-month course on menswear and embroidery. This training will continue to develop young women as independent businesswomen and employees of a larger operation. In addition, they will be taught how to pass on their skills and knowledge so that it will benefit future students. 

With gratitude,

The Harambee Centre Team

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.

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