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About Us

The orphan crisis in Africa is entering a new stage of urgency. In addition to the fact that there are now nearly 16 million orphans, the age of these orphans is another critical factor. The epidemic is entering it’s 20th year and many of these orphans are aging out of the support programs they were once in.

They go out into a world with very few opportunities. Boys without job options may grow frustrated and turn to drugs or gangs. Girls with no options often turn to prostitution, and the vicious cycle repeats.

A disproportionate share of the AIDS burden falls on the shoulders of African grandmothers and other family members. These women see their grown children return home sick and dying of AIDS. Their orphaned children now require care and support from their elderly, often enfeebled grandmothers.

This is where Ujamaa steps in. Identifying these grandmothers and aunties within the community, offering training and loans geared to their needs and challenges. This unique model pairs older less capable orphan caretakers with stronger caretakers and gives them both microloans to start businesses.

The collective strength carries the group to success and self-sufficiency, enabling them to care for their orphaned grandchildren.

Our Mission Is To Promote Health, Personal Security And Economic Empowerment For Vulnerable Women And Children.

Local Leadership Versus Importing Westerners

10-times more cost effective than western managers

We recruit, train and retain the best and brightest local talent to work for change in their own society other than importing high priced western employees who require years to become adept at navigating local culture and traditions.

Breaking Down The Top 7 Obstacles To Family Planning

Impossible to Determine cost effectiveness at this timeDeploying community health workers at low cost/no cost into the most afflicted communities so that they can hammer away at the cultural and religious prejudice, myths and misconceptions that are the real destroyers of family planning programs as opposed to investing in costly western birth control methods that often get mis-used or discarded.

Apprenticeships Versus Vocational Training For Older OVCs

2-times more cost effective than the current Vocational Training model

We place older OVCs in community apprenticeships which provide skill development and employment in their own communities. The vocational training/starter kit models very often don’t result in successful self employment.

Microfinance For Orphan Guardians And GBV Victims

14-times more Cost Effective than Orphan Monthly Sponsorships

By pairing weak and strong orphan guardians into Micro-Loan groups, Ujamaa deviates from the traditional micro-loan model which allows members to self select their own groups. This makes possible the inclusion of older guardians who would never qualify or be chosen to be in a group. Our Ujamaa market model and bulk-purchasing provide these elderly guardians and their Ujamaa group the boost they need to overcome failing health and a lack of community support.

Prevention Versus Aftercare To End Rape

60-times more cost effective than the current “Aftercare” model

We teach self-defense and personal empowerment/safety for prevention of rape other than the aftercare model that the majority of today’s GBV organizations currently practice.

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Staff

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JAKE SINCLAIR MD

Board Chair

Lee Paiva,

President

MEGHANN KABALA

Board Member

Jake is a San Francisco-based Pediatrician and is the founder of Ujamaa – Africa. He has been working to develop innovative models to care for high risk youth for the past 20 years. He is a passionate advocate for young victims of domestic and sexual violence and has developed several youth empowerment programs in the USA and Africa.

Lee is a writer/activist living in San Francisco and is the founder of No Means No Worldwide. Lee’s specialty is sexual gender based violence prevention curriculum, training and certification programming. She has spent the last 6 years writing and developing the IMpower curriculum for girls and boys. Lee believes IMpower curricula and programming will be used around the world to empower women and children to put an end to violence against women and children.

Meghann is a CPA and Bay Area business woman. Meghann has travelled the world several times over and hopes to devote her finance and business skills to helping vulnerable women and children in developing countries.

VIDA SANFORD

BOARD MEMBER

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Vida is a bay area educator who has pioneered several successful advocacy programs for the San Francisco Unified School District. Her student mental health continuum is the first of its kind in the nation. Currently she is pioneering a mentorship program in San Francisco High Schools that unites faculty and student body participants through event challenges and school based learning opportunities.

Chrisanthus Lubanga

Business Development

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Ben Asira

System Administrator

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Irene Wanjiru

Field Officer

Irene Wanjiru. Mashinani

Virginia Karuu

Field Officer

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Francis Namwaya

Security Office

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Nahashon Mutahi

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Mrs. Anne Nyakaria

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Grace Wanjiru

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Peter Omondi

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Rosebella Apolo

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Naomi  Wanjiru

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Peris Wanjiru

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Esther Juma

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