• 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 Saturday, June 30, 2018! - see below for key dates

Bursary applications will be accepted for the 2018 Festival - Starting December 14, 2017.

  • Bursary policy can be read here.
  • Forms are available here.
  • Bursary Application deadline: January 12, 2018
  • Email completed bursary form to Pam Paterson at ppatpal@gmail.com.

Harambee Summer Festival 2018 Key Dates:

  • Camp off-site registration slots open 10am pst, February 3, 2018
  • Camp off-site registration slots close on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Camp registration and on-site accommodations selection opens 10am pst, February 10, 2018
  • Camp registration and accommodations selection closes: February 24, 2018
  • Camp waitlist for new families open Saturday, 10am pst, February 17, 2018
  • Harambee T-shirts/Hoodies available March 17 to April 8, 2018
  • Sign in at camp: JUNE 30th starting at 3:00 pm
  • Camp is finished: JULY 7th at 11:00 am

Stay Tuned for more news about 2018 Harambee Summer Festival