Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States that honors African heritage in African-American culture and has 7 core principles. These core principles can be found below and on our wonderfully crafted bracelet!
The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase matunda ya kwanza which means first fruits, or harvest, in Swahili.
1. Umoja: Unity To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
2. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination: To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
3. Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and solve them together.
4. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
5. Nia: Purpose To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6. Kuumba: Creativity To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
7. Imani: Faith To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Globally, 1 in 9 people still have no access to clean water. But in the communities we serve, it's 9 out of 9. Water is a daily and crippling challenge. Without water you can't grow food, you can't build housing, you can't stay healthy, you can't stay in school and you can't keep working.
Today, hope is on hold in over half of the developing world's primary schools without access to water and sanitation.
But this water crisis can be solved and that’s why we teamed up with The Water Project to help create a better tomorrow.