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Harambee Centre for Women and Children


With the help of donors, we’re developing institutions that are creating a stronger sense of community…starting with Harambee Centre. This multi-purpose facility—built by Micato Safaris and AmericaShare with a generous donation from Micato travellers Bernard Wharton and Jennifer Walsh—is an oasis of hope for the people of the Mukuru slum. The buildings serve as a community centre, allowing residents to gather for lectures, educational sessions and meetings. And, the Centre has even been recognized in an issue of Architectural Digest.

Within Harambee Centre for women and children, Micato will build a library for the entire Mukuru community to use. Micato will also expand the woefully inadequate library of a government primary school located in the Mukuru slum. We will be donating books to these two libraries on behalf of our travellers and industry friends.

Several years ago, AmericaShare also drilled a borehole next to Harambee Centre, and it is now one of the few places in Mukuru with a regular supply of fresh water for the surrounding community.

AmericaShare also teamed up with Rotarians for Fighting AIDS (RFFA) and HOPE Worldwide Kenya to provide medical, optical and dental screenings to children in Mukuru. Harambee Centre was transformed into a medical clinic staffed by seventy medical volunteers from eleven countries. Over a nine-day period, 8,000 inhabitants of the Mukuru slum received much-needed medical services and supplies totaling more than $1 million.

Harambee Centre is the epicentre of change in Mukuru, and for its residents, it is an abiding symbol of a brighter tomorrow.