About

OVERVIEW

CORPORATION #3786412 BN #862238722RC0001

WHAT IS JAKU KONBIT?

Jaku Konbit is a registered non-profit, educational community-based and family-oriented organization established in Ottawa in 2000. Our mandate is to support and ameliorate the lives of minority and disadvantage youth, particularly Canadian children and youth of African and Caribbean descent in the Ottawa Region. Our Objectives:
  1. Create and foster positive educational and cultural experiences through our academic-based programs, events and projects.
  2. Provides children and youth in Ottawa with socio-cultural experiences and exchanges aimed at cultivating a stronger awareness of Black-Canadian culture and history in Canada.
  3. Provide youth with meaningful opportunities via workshops, personal development training that foster leadership skills, self-esteem, civic duty, and a positive attitude for success

MEANING OF THE NAME JAKU KONBIT

The name Jaku Konbit is derived from two African languages, Ga and Kreyòl. In the Ga language of West Africa, Jaku means Africans and the word Konbit is from the Kreyòl language of Haiti and means working together, helping each other, thus, Jaku Konbit literally means, AFRIKANS HELPING AFRIKANS

CORE VALUES

We aspire to see Black children and youth reach their full potential, for we know the grandeur of their ancestors’ achievements, and many gifts of humanity in the arts, and as such, are guided by the following Core Values that are based on the principles of the Ngusa Saba for family, community and cultural development.  

THE NGUZO SABA

Umoja – Unity In the family, community and nationKujichagulia – Self-Determination To create, define and speak for ourselves Ujima – Collective Work and Responsibility To build and maintain our community together Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics To invest in our community Nia – Purpose To own our vision and greatness Kuumba – Creativity To mark our presence with innovation, grace and beauty Imani – Faith To believe in the Creator, ourselves and our dreams