• Strengthening Families

    Family enrichment programs with specific regard to the needs of children of African heritage.

  • Building Community

    To develop and promote better understanding of the experience of our children.

  • Learning and Teaching Together

    Educate parents, kids and community on issues of identity and attachment by offering gatherings, educational workshops, seminars and counseling.

  • Safe, Secure, Engaging and Fun

    Children of African heritage can explore and better understand their adoption and race experiences while having fun.


Since the Harambee Summer Festival’s beginning in 1996 with just two families, the group has strived to place the education and happiness of its children squarely at the centre of its efforts. The purpose of the group is to mitigate the disadvantages faced by trans-racial adoption by creating a welcoming environment where the children and families can be a part of the majority community that looks and behaves in similar ways that their family behaves.

"Without a doubt, Harambee has been the single most important contributor to our family. It is priceless and we are stronger, better because of it."
- Jen N.

The Harambee Society has been formed to address several challenges for parents of transracially adopted children so that the parents may engage in the recommendations published by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. These recommendations serve as the guiding principles for our organization:

  • Become intensely invested in parenting
  • Tolerate no racially or ethnically biased remarks
  • Surround yourselves with supportive family and friends
  • Celebrate all cultures
  • Talk about race and culture
  • Expose your child to a variety of experiences so that he or she develops physical and intellectual skills that build self-esteem
  • Take your child to places where most of the people present are from his or her race or ethnic group

Countdown to Harambee's Summer Festival:


Harambee Summer Festival Starts on JULY 2nd! - see below for key dates

Bursary applications will be accepted for Harambee Summer Festival 2017 - Starting TBD.

  • Bursary policy can be read here.
  • Forms are available here.
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Email completed form to Pam Paterson at ppatpal@gmail.com.

Harambee Summer Festival 2017 Key Dates:

  • Email communicating registration info, sent: TBD
  • Camp registration and accommodations starts: TBD
  • Camp registration and accommodations closes: TBD
  • Harambee T-shirts/Hoodies available: April 8 to May 18, 2017
  • Sign in at camp: JULY 2nd starting at 3:00 pm
  • Camp is finished: JULY 9th at 11:00 am

Stay Tuned for news about 2017 Harambee Summer Festival