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Closed 27/05/2020

11%
£1,725
raised of £15,000 target by 41 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,725 to Open the Marcus Garvey Centre for Education in Handsworth, Birmingham

    Birmingham, UK
    Funded on Wednesday, 27th May 2020

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    Story

    In 1974 the Harambee Organisation started the Marcus Garvey Nursery in Handsworth, Birmingham. It was one of the first Black led nurseries in the UK educating countless children until it closed in 2008.

    As has happened to far too many community organisations, Harambee was in serious financial difficulties and a new board was put in place to keep the organisation alive. After merging with the Organisation of Black Unity in 2017, Harambee OBU is now is the position to take work forward and build up the organisation. For a full breakdown of the history of the work on the building visit Make it Plain

    Education is a central part of the work and we plan to house the education department of the Organisation in the Marcus Garvey Centre. We will continue the legacy of providing Black education in the space and use the building as a hub to bring the community together to discuss, plan and provide Black education from the early years through into adult learning. A space for Black education is so important because of the systemic inequalities that we face in the school system

    A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect - WEB DuDois

    We have started the work on the building and plan to have the ground floor of the building open soon. We have secured the building; ensured it is structurally sound; fixed the flooring; and work is underway on the electrics.

    We have already spent £25,000 on the building on cleaning, security, internal walls, structural work, asbestos removal and the installing electricity. We are making progress but need support to get the building open.

    The funds raised here will be used to pay for plumbing to be installed in the building and plastering, so that we can open the building to the public. Once open we plan to engage the community in the space and deliver educational programmes. which include:

    A Black supplementary school, restarting the Malcolm X Study circle; being the base of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity and; being a hub to bring together people interested in Black education. In the long term we are committed to the Marcus Garvey Nursery and also plan to start a Pupil Referral Unit.

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    • Harambee Organisation of Black Unity5 months ago
      Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

      Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

      5 months ago

      Apologies for the long delay in posting. We made some good progress then got let down by yet another builder. We now have plaster, electric and central heating and plumbing n the ground floor. With your support we are hoping to finish and open the ground floor in the next few months

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    • Harambee Organisation of Black Unity2 years ago
      Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

      Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

      2 years ago

      We have secured the building, so the rest of the work can take place. Thanks to everyone who has supported so far

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    • Harambee Organisation of Black Unity2 years ago
      Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

      Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

      2 years ago

      The electrical work is almost done, meaning the building is now secure (with alarm and CCTV), and ready for the next phase. Thank you to everyone who has supported so far

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    2 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 5/16/2020 02.57

    Supporters

    41

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 16, 2020

      £10.00

    • Mags Brum

      Mags Brum

      May 1, 2020

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 13, 2020

      £20.00

    • Mags Brum

      Mags Brum

      Mar 30, 2020

      £30.00

    • Toks

      Toks

      Dec 15, 2019

      Very inspiring and much needed as an extension of ‘Teaching The Truth: Decolonising The Curriculum’.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 16, 2019

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 1, 2019

      It starts right here.

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    Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

    Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

    Birmingham, UK

    A community organisation based in Birmingham, UK working to uplift Black communities. The Harambee Organisation was founded in 1972 and in 2017 merged with the Organisation of Black Unity in order to carry on supporting the community.

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