Harambee is a Kenyan tradition of community self-help events, such as fundraising or community development activities. Harambee is also the official motto of Kenya, the East African nation.



Harambee literally means "let’s pull together" in Kiswahili, and may range from informal affairs lasting a few hours in which invitations are spread by word of mouth, to formal, multi-day events advertised in newspapers. These events have long been important in parts of East Africa as ways to build and maintain communities.

For Philadelphia Freedom Schools, Harambee is a daily time of sharing when children and staff pull together as a unit to celebrate themselves and each other. This session is 30-minutes in length and should energize both students and staff and create a positive atmosphere. Parents and the community are also encouraged to participate.

  • Greeting

  • Magic Question

  • Libations

  • Read Aloud (book, poem, chapter, etc.)

  • African or Indigenous Proverb

  • Theme of the Week

  • Principle of the Day

  • Chants/Cheers

  • Recognitions

  • Current Positive Events

  • Theme Song: Something Inside So Strong & Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing


Virtual Harambee Example
Upcoming Virtual Harambees


MON JULY 6, 2020

Harambee #1

TUE JULY 7, 2020

Harambee #2

WED JULY 8, 2020

Harambee #3

THU JULY 9, 2020

Harambee #4

FRI JULY 10, 2020

Harambee #5

MON JULY 13, 2020

Harambee #6

TUE JULY 14, 2020

Harambee #7

WED JULY 15, 2020

Harambee #8

THU JULY 16, 2020

Harambee #9

FRI JULY 17, 2020

Harambee #10

MON JULY 20, 2020

Harambee #11

TUE JULY 21, 2020

Harambee #12

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