The activities of Uzima are carried out in Canada and internationally. Fundraising activities and training of volunteers are mainly executed in Canada. Uzima's activities in developing countries focus on empowering women and men in the areas of human rights, health and education.
- Empowering immigrant communities in Toronto to address barriers to accessing health and social services to reduce poverty. Funded by Ontario Government, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration under Community Multicultural Grant program. The multicultural report is available for download in the PDF icon to the right.
- Educating Communities in Toronto on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Funded by Department of Justice Canada
- Building capacity of youth from vulnerable communities through Canada Summer Jobs funded by Federal Government
-In May 2013 we launched an annual fundraising event to raise funds to support grassroots women groups in developing countries. The funds have helped women groups to start community projects supporting women and their families to improve their livelihoods.
- Conducting research on women's issues "Investigating Experiences and Health Concerns of Female Genital Mutilation among African Women in Toronto" Funded by Women College Hospital
- Uzima trains volunteers to gain experience in helping carry out projects locally and internationally. They include workshop facilitation, volunteer and student employee recruiting, and fundraising. Please contact Uzima to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
-Uzima is currently supporting grassroots women groups in Kenya and Jamaica. There are three groups in Kenya and one in Jamaica. The women led groups engage youth and men in their projects mainly in horticulture and animal farming.
-There are several groups in Western Kenya all working on farming and other income generating activities. The groups are focusing on the “Kitchen garden” concept with model homes and institutions that will train community members in better ways to farm e.g organic farming to improve nutrition.
Better farm produce will also fetch income from surplus sales.
-With Uzima support, teachers in Jamaica are engaging students in a green house project.
In 2011 we sponsored one volunteer to Tanzania to work in an orphanage providing care and basic education to orphaned children.
Since the training in April, 2014 two volunteers and two board members have traveled to Kenya and worked with the two organizations.
- Jitetee Mukisoma Women Group
The group was started by 10 women in rural Western Kenya and has now grown to 28 members taking care of 35 AIDS orphans.
Uzima supports these two groups in the following areas:
Home based care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses
Capacity building in the areas of Human Rights of women and girls as part of advancing
Health and Sexual &Reproductive Rights
Increased access to education for AIDS orphans and women
-Uzima Community Emperwoment Group
The group is made up of 10 women and one man. They are all farmers hence the focus on farming initiatives. There is a ready market for the chicken within hotels and fast food businesses in the surrounding towns and even as far away as Nairobi city. Their projects include the following:
Chicken, pigs, rabbits, cows and goats raring
Engaging in horticultural products such as tomatoes, green and yellow peppers, vegetables and flowers
Starting a banana plantation