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 comm...
Dec 5, 2016

Girls' Dormitory Construction is Underway!

Site clean-up for construction
Site clean-up for construction

Dear Friends and Supporters of Matale,

We hope this update finds you and yours happy, healthy and that you enjoyed a Thanksgiving filled with abundance.  

We are very pleased to update you that the much anticipated Girls’ Dormitory construction has begun at St. Andrews Matale S.S.S!  This effort has been an amazing journey for all of us: a 10-year vision, 6-year fundraising effort, hundreds of donors and many planning hours later, construction is underway.  

We are so very grateful to you our donors and to our partners on the ground in Uganda, led by the school administration and the Board of Directors who have worked tirelessly to get us to this juncture.  They say that a photo speaks a thousand words.  As such, please enjoy the photos documenting the progress from when construction commenced in October 2016 through end of November 2016.

As always, for continued updates from the students themselves on the ground at St. Andrews, please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.matale.co.ug/?fref=ts 

As you wrap up your 2016, we kindly request that you continue to include the Girls’ Dorm Project in your 2016 giving; while we have started construction, due to material price increases, we will need more funding in order to complete and fully furnish the dormitory.  Together we continue to change lives and make an impact that will last for generations!  Donate Today by clicking on the Give Now Button below!

Alternatively, please help us spread the word to your community; we know there is power in numbers and power in personal connections.  As always, we are appreciative for your support and generosity,

We continue to wish you and your loved ones the very best this holiday season 2016,

ZoomUganda and Harambee Centre teams.

Laying foundation + inspection by Engineer
Laying foundation + inspection by Engineer
Materials for construction
Materials for construction
Delivery of materials for construction
Delivery of materials for construction
Foundation underway + inspection by Engineer
Foundation underway + inspection by Engineer
Construction worker at the site
Construction worker at the site
Foundation progress - November 2016
Foundation progress - November 2016
Foundation progress - November 2016
Foundation progress - November 2016
School board visit to site - November 2016
School board visit to site - November 2016
School board visit to site - November 2016
School board visit to site - November 2016
Matale students working in school garden
Matale students working in school garden
School board leadership visiting site
School board leadership visiting site
Matale students at school assembly
Matale students at school assembly
Sep 7, 2016

St. Andrews Matale S.S.S. Girls Dorm Update

Girl student working in garden at Matale S.S.S.
Girl student working in garden at Matale S.S.S.

Dear Friends and Supporters of Matale,

We hope this update finds you and yours happy and healthy and that your summer has been rejuvenating.   We are happy to update you that we have continued to work in collaboration with our partners at St. Andrews Matale S.S.S, led by the school administration and the Board of Directors in Uganda to kick-off the girls’ dormitory construction in 2016.  As previously reported, we had anticipated a May start, however, the team on the ground has been working hard to obtain all the local permits prior to commencement as they take time. 

As of August 2016, the work in-flight included the following:

a)      Obtaining town council building permits that are required prior to commencement of construction; 

b)      Securing local funding towards the project, which was recently completed in August 2016.  In all Harambee Centre’s projects with Matale S.S.S, we have required a local contribution.  This is intended to ensure that the community has a vested interest in both the success of the project, as well as subsequent ownership, pride and maintenance of the facility;      

c)       Competitive bidding of a general contractor who will be responsible for the project from beginning to end. 

We are mindful though that while it may take a bit of time, we are taking the right steps to do everything right.  Through this process and other projects that the Harambee Centre has engaged in with Matale over the years, we have learned the following:

a)      It is important to take the time to create a strong partnership based on trust and accountability;

b)      It is important to take the time to plan and do the project right as opposed to meeting a timeline for the sake;

a)      It is important to build and ensure local ownership and pride in the projects.  This ensures that the community has a vested interest in both the success of the project, as well as subsequent ownership, pride and maintenance of the facility.      

 We do look forward to sharing the construction progress with you, once it commences.  Since local funding has been secured, we anticipate this will begin before the fourth quarter of calendar year 2016.

 For continued updates from the students themselves on the ground at St. Andrews, please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.matale.co.ug/?fref=ts

 As you continue through what we hope is a peaceful, joy and health-filled 2016, we kindly request that you continue to include the Girls’ Dorm Project in your 2016 giving; together we continue to change lives and make an impact that will last for generations!  Donate Today by clicking on the Give Now Button below!

 Alternatively, please help us spread the word to your community; we know there is power in numbers and power in personal connections.  As always, we are appreciative for your support and generosity,

We continue to wish you and your loved ones the very best this Fall 2016,

ZoomUganda and Harambee Centre teams.

Jun 7, 2016

Summer 2016 Greetings

Dear Friends and Supporters of Matale,

We hope this update finds you and yours happy and healthy as you begin your summer.  We continue to work with the leadership team at St. Andrews to kick-off the girls’ dormitory construction in 2016.  We had anticipated a May start, however, the team on the ground is working hard to obtain all the local permits prior to commencement.  They take time.  We are mindful though that while it may take a bit of time, we are taking the right steps to do everything right.  We do look forward to sharing the construction progress with you, once it commences.

Harambee Centre’s President, Grace, is in East Africa this summer.  She will be visiting with the community at St. Andrews and bringing back personal stories from the ground.  We look forward to sharing those with you as well.

For continued updates from the students themselves on the ground at St. Andrews, please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.matale.co.ug/?fref=ts

As you continue through what we hope is a peaceful, joy and health-filled 2016, we kindly request that you continue to include the Girls’ Dorm Project in your 2016 giving. We are grateful for your continued partnership as we do this work that will change lives and make an impact that will last for generations!  Please donate today by clicking on the Give Now Button below!

Alternatively, please help us spread the word to your community; we know there is power in numbers and power in personal connections.  As always, we are appreciative for your support and generosity,

Wishing you and your loved ones the very best of Summer 2016,

ZoomUganda and Harambee Centre teams.

 
   

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