Ujamaa is a micro-enterprise organization founded by Leeâ€™s husband Dr. Jake Sinclair. The Ujamaa mission is to promote health, security and economic independence for vulnerable women and children. Ujamaa began as an orphan care and support program but has since expanded to include security strategies to address the violence that surround women and children face everyday.
In 2009 No Means No Worldwide began working with Ujamaa in Nairobi Kenya. This collaboration provided organizational support for the NMNW IMpowerment safety classes and research. In October 2011 this partnership deepened with the merging of the two organizations in Kenya. We believe this alliance creates an innovative model for women: health, economic empowerment and safety – all high priority concerns for vulnerable women and children living in high risk areas. Visit: www.ujamaa-africa.org
To quote Stephen Lewis, former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS;
“Sexual violence and discrimination against women and girls in the developing world have to be confronted. In Africa in particular, women are disproportionately afflicted with AIDS. What is happening to women leaves me feeling most helpless, most enraged. Also, the growing ranks of AIDS orphans pose a major unaddressed crisis. Weâ€™re walking on the knife edge of an unsolvable human catastrophe.”
The partnership of Ujamaa and NO Means NO Worldwide provides a highly effective and proactive response to both of these gender based challenges. It also serves as an organizational model for replication of No MeansNo Worldwide in other areas of the world.