Food is Free
Ujamaa Collective believes that food is a RIGHT not a privilege of those who can afford it. Food is a basic need for every person. Putting a price tag on food is setting a condition on who should live and who should not live. We therefore advocate for free quality food in abundance.
In order to realise this objective, Ujamaa Collective utilises a communal guerrilla gardening strategy to create food parks, household gardens and communal gardens. These food parks and gardens are used not only to provide food for communities, but also to raise awareness, educate and empower community members to shape their future.
The campaign aims at promoting a clean environment and healthy living by creating green spaces where communities can be engaged. The campaign involves maintaining guerrilla gardens, planting trees, promoting recycling, cleaning parks and engaging children to write stories around environmental issues, food production and gardening.
Ujamaa Collective intends to make communities self-sustaining through small scale businesses. Community members are encouraged to identify needs and to manufacture and produce goods and services based on what the community needs. These businesses are communally owned and cooperatively operated. The goal is to build self-reliant communities where people can flourish, not to simply make money.
Community Education/Popular Education
Ujamaa Collective takes opportunity to engage community members and transfer tools of critical engagement to equip and enable members to shape their communities and their future. This happens through monthly dialogues and workshops on different topics and issues. The dialogues take place on site, on WhatsApp groups and on social media. (See events for the schedule)
Ujamaa Collective utilises an open classroom to run Children, Women and Men’s education programmes. Intertwined in the learning programmes is the wounded souls course intended to address the emotional trauma of the members through story telling for healing and learning.
Children are mentored and inspired through creative processes to exercise their imagination. Each child has an opportunity to design and care for their own garden, with awards for the most creative garden.
Women in communities, where poverty forces families to live with the bare necessities, are battling to maintain their dignity and self-esteem. The Ujamaa Collective women’s programme intends to empower women through awareness and education about holistic health (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual).
Men in communities face violence and intern terrorise their communities. The Ujamaa Collective men’s programme intends to restore and inspire men to build healthy families and communities.