It is with joy and thankfulness that we at Umoja recognize the astounding support and contribution by all those who were in attendance at the Umoja Gala 2019: A Night in the Serengeti.
We would like to again acknowledge and appreciate our event sponsors: Civic Hotel, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Honda, Vancity and AAJ Media. It was truly an evening that was not made possible without their contribution and support. As well we’d like to acknowledge the support of Douglas College and Envision Financial allowing us to work with Ana and Mariana, two digital marketing professionals, who have greatly supported Umoja over this past year and for the gala.
Umoja is committed to continue being a strong force in the Surrey community to support newcomer immigrants and refugees in gaining the valuable services and supports needed to not just survive in their community, but THRIVE. The event was held in the heart of surrey centre, with amazing food, entertainment provided by the Acholi Dance Group, impassioned speeches and a silent auction.
The success of Umoja is not determined by any one individual, rather the collective desire to help, affect change and take action by the broader community. It is because of this community effort that Umoja was able to raise $25,000 dollars to better support our initiatives and programs!! In Swahili ‘Umoja’ means United as One, and truly it is because of this ‘Umoja’ mentality and collective solidarity that means newcomer children, youth and families are able to feel welcomed, engage in life changing services, and further contribute to their community.
With a huge amount of gratitude and appreciation, Umoja would like to say thank you to all those who contributed and invested in their community, because of you, lives are changed.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year!!!
Now that you know what Umoja Operation Compassion Society is, you might want to know how you can support our cause.
First, you may want to know more about our programs and what exactly we offer to our clients. Did you know that we have both local and international programs?
For the local programs, we offer children-focused programs like United Way school’s out Umoja program. Children ages 6-12 engage in activities, games, discussion, books, and interaction with positive mentors to celebrate their diverse cultural background while introducing Canadian society. We also offer adult literacy and life skills, which equips new immigrants and refugees with the necessary language skills needed to successfully integrate into the Canadian system. And more, so don’t forget to pay a visit to our programs page!
For our international programs, we support the Rwentutu community located in Kasese District of Western Uganda. Offering fresh water, educational and health care support, Umoja aims to improve the quality of life in global communities. Another way of helping is to sponsor a child from the village. By sponsoring a child you ensure the child has a meal every day as well as support from the Rwentutu Community School community. Learn more about our international programs here.
Secondly, you can help with any monetary contribution. It’s so easy to donate whatever amount you want through our donations page. You can choose where you want to designate the funds you are providing. And all you have to do is to complete a simple online form. Many individuals will be thankful for your generous contribution!
Moreover, you can engage with any type of volunteering position with Umoja. Volunteering time and energy to any of the following tasks can support us: administrative, child minding, advocacy, and fundraising.
Finally, you can always spread out the word! Let your family and friends know about Umoja and what we do. You don’t need to formally engage with our organization, but if you can become our advocate and just help us reach more people, it will go a long way. Like our posts on social and share them with your connections, let them know about our work.
Wow, see how many ways you can get involved and help us out?
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
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