Jesus came here to love, and sometimes loving all people means demonstrating Justice.
Living generously is not something that we do automatically or naturally, but when we do, we seem to see the real Jesus a little clearer. That's why we're committed to learning how we may become more reflective of God's love for the people around us by serving them in whatever ways we can.
We also want to bring justice into our everyday lives, making a difference with
this one life we've been given. The civil rights movement was more than a social justice movement, it was a Jesus movement. We don't separate it. Jesus does not discriminate whom he loves by any rules or standards. He came here to love, and sometimes loving all people means demonstrating justice.
Currently, we have one on-going partnership or project : Pamwechete. See the Highlighted Project for more information.
We also have several smaller projects that happen through the year. Our service projects come from members of our community who see a need. Many of us are involved in or support local and global social justice organizations and we find ways to work alongside their missions. We also try and partner with the local community and participate in improving the neighborhood around us.
Pamwechete in the Shona language means all together. Together we move forward. Ohana Project is partnering with Pamwechete to raise money for the underfunded schools in Zimbabwe.
Our mission is to improve the lives of Zimbabwean children by ensuring they receive a quality education in their community.
The founders of Pamwechete, Seattle residents Amber Braxton and Simba Rusike, have a family connection to a farming community in the town, Arcturus, 30 miles east of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Simba inherited the floundering family farm in Arcturus after the unfortunate deaths of his parents in 2008.
Musirkiwi, the school located next to the Rusike family farm, is in desperate need of resources. There are approximately 579 children, ages 5-12, attending the school, 108 are orphans. There are 13 teachers for the entire school, which is funded primarily through tuition paid through the children’s families. However, only 25% of the families can afford to pay tuition. Seventy-five percent of the parents are unemployed. The rest of the school is supported by meager salaries that the teacher’s receive through the government, which is barely enough to keep the school running.
Even without paper, textbooks, and pencils, the passion and enthusiasm of the teachers is evident and inspiring. Our goal is to strengthen this local school, and in turn the local community, by raising funds that will be used to purchase practical resources for the school. Already, money has been donated that helped purchase and install a water pump, so the school could have running water.
These are some of our goals:
Providing toiletry items and care packages for a Men's Transitional House
Providing food (pictured above) for a University Beyond Bars fundraiser
Cleaning up a neighborhood park
Holiday Decorating for the Senior Center
Luau for Greenwood Neighborhood Seniors at the Senior Center
Garage Sale Fundraiser
All the proceeds from the sale went to support Zimbabwean children's education.
Women's March 2017
In support of equity and social justice
Welcome Home Celebration for UBB graduates who are being released