and Daughters of Africa have participated in a most historic
endeavor! The true spirit of brotherhood and positive
cooperation between the Kuji Foundation and the United African
American Community Center UAACC has brought water to an East
August 25, 2002, the drumbeats and songs of the African Traditional
Dance Group musicians heightened the excitement as more than a
hundred and fifty people crowded together at the site of the
newly built Imbaseni Village Water Project outside of the United
African American Community Center (UAACC) compound walls.
water project, which will serve many families in Imbaseni, near
Maji ya Chai, is a partnership effort by the Kuji Foundation
UAACC. The Kuji Foundation which is based in Morgan City,
Louisiana, U.S.A., was founded in 1999 by international
human rights activist, Geronimo ji Jaga; community elder James
Harris and U.S. defense attorney Ed Jones. Mzee Geronimo and his
wife, Joju Cleaver ji Jaga, also of the Kuji Foundation, had traveled to
Arusha especially for the occasion.
from the African Traditional Dance Group
clap in praise of the Maji Spirit!
had made preliminary speeches and danced most of the afternoon
away and the time had come to cut the blue satin ribbon,
officially inaugurating the site.
of Honor, Imbaseni Village Chairman Mzee Emanuel Pallangyo, had
much to say in praise of the project and vigorously acknowledged
the community spirit of both UAACC and the Kuji Foundation.
Pointing to the vibrant red, black and green African
Liberation colors of the sign above the shiny brass water
tap, he cut the ribbon freeing the tap, declaring that "it
is the responsibility of the community, the people who will
benefit from the water, to make sure that the site is maintained
and kept clean, tidy and functional."
UAACC, Kuji Foundation and Imbaseni Village
leaders join hands in an exemplary effort!
ritual copper cup was filled with the newly flowing water and
libations were poured onto the ground in honor of the Creator
and our Ancestors who surely were smiling on the event.
was the cue for Mzee Pete O’Neal, Founder and Managing
Director of UAACC and Mzee Geronimo ji Jaga, founder of the
Kuji Foundation, to, together, fill a huge Unity Gourd with the
sparkling stream, symbolically mixing the efforts of Kuji and
UAACC. Mzee O’Neal affirmed that "sons and daughters of
Africa have participated in a most historic endeavor! The true
spirit of brotherhood and positive cooperation between the Kuji
Foundation and the United African American Community Center
UAACC has brought water to an East African village!"
the ancient traditions of Africa, two trees were planted to mark
the occasion and the freshly combined waters were poured out of
the gigantic gourd onto the seedlings.
Geronimo acknowledged "what we have accomplished will
continue to serve the community for years to come. Because Kuji
and UAACC are small organizations, we are able to avoid many
obstacles that impede the success and mobilization of large
corporations with a great deal more resources than we have. Our
focus on community involvement in all our projects allows us to
determine the best way to serve the people because we consult
with the people and have a genuine connection to the communities
The community water project will benefit many
in the Imbaseni Village!
drumming and ululating filled the air as we all streamed back
into the UAACC compound to enjoy the rest of the program which
included more selections from the African Traditional Dance
Group as well as performances by the CCF Children’s acrobatic
troupe and the widely acclaimed rap group, The Bongo Street
Kuji Foundation is presently working with Ghanaian President
Kufforu on a ‘Special Initiative on Cassava" project.
Cassava is one of the major food staples in a large part of
Africa especially in the West. The first cassava-processing
center sponsored by Kuji is now under construction near the town
of Nsawam, Ghana. Another processing center will be installed in
the village of Nyanyano, just east of Accra later this year.
name "Kuji" comes from the Kiswahilli word, Kujichagulia,
which is defined as "self determination".