To keep the doors open of The Harambee House Inc, a historic environmental organization based in Savannah, GA, a number of major repairs that must be completed. The photos on this page depict some of the damage that has accrued over time.
Dr. Mildred McClain, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Harambee House Inc, is a leader in the Environmental Justice community, hoping to bring sustainable programs for the youth and those in the surrounding environmental justice communities. The Harambee House serves as a haven and training center for the neighborhood’s youth. Before becoming the Harambee House, the history surrounding this house included illegal drug use. The community reclaimed the property and now uses it to improve the condition of the vulnerable populations in Savannah Georgia.
The organization currently has no funding apart from Dr. Mildred McClain’s personal contributions. Necessities including mortgage, electricity, repairs, general maintenance and upkeep have previously relied on grants and contracts, but these sources of funding have diminished over the years and in this new administration. To cover the difference and keep the doors open, Dr. McClain has sacrificed her own finances.
Harambee House, Inc. is reaching out to the CrowdRise community, as it is in desperate need of assistance. Funds typically do not support the work of communities in the environmental arena - the money goes to large organizations instead. Harambee needs a lot of assistance - from helping pay for needed electrical upgrades to repair to the houses itself, so that she may continue promoting health, wellness, and environmental sustainability. In addition, Harambee House trains youth in the community so that they are eligilbe for environmental protection jobs. Funding contributions are needed to assist in this massive but gravely important project.
"Dr. McClain is passionate about environmental issues, and she never asks anyone else to do more than she will do." - Dr. Adrienne Hollis, Federal Policy Director at WE ACT for Environmental Justice.