WHAT IS JAKU KONBIT?
Jaku Konbit is a registered non-profit, African centered, community based and family oriented organization established in Ottawa 2001. We are committed to promoting the Afrikan cultural identity, self-reliance, family and community development, strategic networking and mutual cooperation amongst Afrikans and people of good will.
To project, protect, and promote the Afrikan personality, respect, dignity and well being everywhere and at all times.
MEANING OF THE NAME JAKU KONBIT
The name Jaku Konbit is derived from two Afrikan languages, Ga and Kreyòl. In the Ga language of West Afrika, Jaku means Afrikans and the word Konbit is from the Kreyòl language of Haiti and means working together, helping each other, thus, Jaku Konbit literally means, AFRIKANS HELPING AFRIKANS.
Afrikans Helping Afrikans is our motto designed to raise the consciousness and awareness of the Afrikan community of the urgent need to unite and work together in the spirit of cooperation and collectivity. The acronym for Afrikans Helping Afrikans, "AHA", is very significant and conveys a special meaning.
AHA was also the name of one of the earliest great Afrikan kings of ancient Kemet (Egypt). His work and accomplishments serve as a great example for the noble mission of Jaku Konbit. Aha successfully united 42 Afrikan communities into one great kingdom and thereby established the dynasties of ancient Kemet which lasted for over 5000 years.Following the example of the great Aha, Jaku Konbit is committed to the sacred mission embodied in its slogan (Afrikans Helping Afrikans) to unify the various fractions of the Afrikan community into one people, by providing resourceful information, reclaiming and affirming our Afrikan identity, community networking and strategic activism.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAKU KONBIT
The founding members of Jaku Konbit started meeting in the winter of 1999 to establish the objectives and mechanism of a broad based grassroots community organization. In February 2000, Jaku Konbit was launched with the mission to "project, protect and promote the Afrikan personality, respect, dignity and well-being everywhere and at all times."
Jaku Konbit is a pro-active African-centered organization committed to self-reliance. African-centered in that it looks first to the rich traditions of Africa and Africans for inspiration, justification and examples for its ideology, activities and programs. The organization is African centered in that it views all Black peoples of African descent to share a single great nationhood spread over many continents and possessing wonderful diversity. In the spirit of being an independent and uncompromising voice for Africans, the organization commits itself to self-determination and independence. For this reason, Jaku Konbit strives to maintain its political and economic independence by fostering self-reliance organizationally and in the African community.
Created with a mandate that includes social, economic, educational, cultural and political aims, Jaku Konbit has implemented various programs since its founding to advance its mission in each of these areas. Examples of past programming are roundtable dialogues on NEPAD and community economic development, the annual Kwanzaa Karamu (feast) held to foster stronger social and cultural cohesion among Ottawa's African communities and also, numerous educational events such as lectures, discussions and presentations on a range of subjects.
Among its many existing programs, Jaku Konbit has establish an emergency small loans program for its members a Susu (a traditional African banking system) and operates the Academy of Heru Auset, a Saturday cultural program for children of African descent. The children's program was launched last September to teach Black children about their African heritage in a fun and transformational way.