A Library, Computers, and Much More
The Micato-AmericaShare Harambee Community Centre, a multi-purpose facility built through the generosity of past travellers Bernard Wharton and Jennifer Walsh, is a bright and beautiful oasis of hope in the middle of the Mukuru slum.
Harambee is a vital community centre, allowing residents to gather for lectures, educational sessions, and meetings. The robust resources and initiatives available in and around the Harambee Centre include:
- A state-of-the-art lending library as well as a computer-equipped learning resource centre;
- Educational programmes, including a School Sponsorship Programme and The Micato One for One Commitment;
- A base of operations for Huru International.
And there is much else.
A Clean, Quiet, Wide-Open Space
Mukuru is a loud, muddy, incredibly cramped, constantly challenging place, a place where serenity is rare. Harambee Centre provides the people of Mukuru with green lawns and well-kept, neatly painted buildings, with quiet and calm, with room for the heart to open, the mind to roam, and the sprit to grow. This is a subtle thing, but it’s not a small one.
The Gorretti Nursery School
Harambee Centre’s lovely Goretti Nursery School provides care for upwards of 250 children aged three to five. Many of these children progress to AmericaShare-sponsored primary schools through the Micato One for One Commitment, and some enter the School Sponsorship Programme, and some bid farewell to change the world for the better.
In addition to being a place of happy growth, the Gorretti School often provides its children with their only real meal of the day. Their playground, the Baba Roland Celebratory Playground, was built in memory of a longtime AmericaShare sponsor, the late and cherished Roland Largay.
Daniel Adongo is the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League, and the great basketball star Dirk Nowitzki’s wife, Jessica Olsson, proudly hails from Kenya, but the country has yet to supply the NBA with a player. That just might change with the dedication of Harambee Centre’s full size basketball court, complete with spectators benches on the sidelines.
Most of the shillings for the new court were supplied by young Micato travellers using funds they received or raised at their bar mitzvahs.
Sorely needed, if not terribly glamorous, a borehole next to Harambee Centre was dug, giving Mukuru one of its few sources of fresh water.
Such are the small and day-to-day things that, along with libraries and computers and loving care, go into vitalizing and empowering a community.