UMOJA NI NGUVU was founded on November, 29, 2016 by a group of African community leaders mainly from East Africa to include the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda (the Great Lake Region of East Africa) with diverse cultural and traditional background.
UMOJA was found to lend a helping hand to members of the Congolese, Rwandan, Burundian and Ugandan communities in resettling, integrating, and leading a self-fulfilling life in Colorado.
UMOJA recognizes the importance of addressing the basic human needs of all newly arriving refugees and immigrant families from the Great Lake Region of East Africa in Colorado. The leaders of UMOJA produced a community-based association to help the process of resettlement and integration of the people seeking refuge and safety in Colorado.
Over the years, this Community in Colorado has grown from 200 to 5000 members, many of which are refugees and immigrant families seeking make Colorado a new home. To achieve the goal of community integration and empowerment through advocacy, the community leaders of UMOJA in Colorado with diverse backgrounds and traditions came together to form UMOJA in order to help the people of the Great Region of East Africa who often face the usual challenges associated with the resettlement and integration process in America.
In November 29, 2016, UMOJA in Colorado built a more stable organization after applying for and receiving a 501c3 status. Together, members of UMOJA in Colorado are providing support and assistance to all its members, so that they can become independent and lead a healthy productive life in America through advocacy, community integration, and self-empowerment.
Integration through policy change remains the goal and objective of UMOJA. We certainly believe that integration is a process, and should never depend solely in the resettlement policy derived from the State of Colorado and the Government of the United States.