Philosophy of Communal Work (Harambee)

Harambi Foundation acts under the philosophy of Communal Work ( Harambi/Harambee) . Communal Work is when a gathering takes place to accomplish a task. A number of cultures have such gatherings, often for the purpose of providing manual labor.

Especially in Africa, the tasks were often major jobs, such as clearing a field of timber or raising a barn that would be difficult to carry out alone. It was often both a social and utilitarian event. Jobs like corn husking or sewing, could be done as a group to allow socializing during an otherwise tedious chore. Such gatherings often included refreshments and entertainment provided by the group.

Different words have been used to describe such gatherings in different communities andcontinents. In Africa it is called Harambi (Harambee) in Kiswahili , Naffirin Sudanese Arabic and Umuganda  in Rwanda. We can find also similar concept in the Mink’awork in the Andes in South America and the Gadugiwork in Cherokeespeaking communities in North Amieca. In Europe we can find it in the form of Imece in Tukey, Moba  in Serbia, Dugnad in Norway, Talkoot in Finland and Meitheal  in Irland. In Asia we can find it under the name of Bayanihan in Philippines andGotong-royong in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. In Australia it is known and practiced in the form of “working bee”.

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