Harambee is a Swahili word that loosely translates as ‘all together we make a difference’ and has been adopted across Eastern Africa to mean any activity where the community comes together to help itself. At Trinity, we have adopted this word as the name of our community outreach programs.
Harambee was established in 2015 to consolidate and grow Trinity’s outreach and community service programs.
We work with non-profit organisations to invest in the community and educational development on a local, national and international level. Harambee’s purpose is to support Trinity’s mission to grow young men empowered to contribute to the global community with courage, humility and integrity. Everything we do is uniquely designed to offer boys social, emotional and worldly life experience while serving others.
As a student-led program, Harambee embeds service, thinking of others and doing good in society into the very fabric of a Trinity education. The program provides a gateway to a variety of experiences for students in Junior and Senior School alike. Whether connecting with Elders during a Northern Territory immersion, affording children from the Masese slums with the chance of education via sponsorship of the Village of Hope, or helping African refugee children in Collingwood with their homework, Harambee empowers students to belong to a collective effort to serve others. And Harambee extends to the wider Trinity community, including families, Old Trinity Grammarians and staff.
Community is at the Heart of Harambee
Harambee at a Glance
Day to day, students are intimately involved in running Harambee at all levels. School outreach activities are coordinated by the student organising committee, led by the Captain of Faith & Outreach. The 2021 Co-Captains, Matt and Archie, motivate and support the boys to make a difference through Harambee Sundee, the Africa Homework Club and regular school-based fundraising such as sausage sizzles.
Friends of Harambee is the parent and friends group that support the programs, especially the Harambee Dinner and Harambee Sundee.
Our Old Trinity Grammarians are active supporters, being involved regularly with initiatives such as You Matter and Harambee Sundee, and participating in their own annual immersion trip.
Staff are an integral part of our program, led by Principal, Adrian Farrer, and Director of Outreach, Tom Purcell, staff actively support the programs and the boys in their endeavours.
Initiatives Harambee Supports
Africa Homework Club
Good Grub supports residents in our local community living with mental health conditions. Every Tuesday, students visit Good Grub and serve meals to members of its community, while also engaging in conversation. Our community also supplies food to support their operations.
The Africa Homework clubs supports children and families with refugee backgrounds by helping them with their homework. Trinity students travel to Collingwood every Friday afternoon, to be mentors and tutors.
You Matter supports victims of domestic violence by providing furniture and other household items necessary to run a home, assisting victims to build a haven from which families can launch their new life in a stable environment. Trinity students, staff and OTGs assist by collecting furniture donations.
Gunbalanya is a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory. Our partner, Grow Hope, offers opportunities for students to participate in life skills programs and vocational training in Darwin, which they would not otherwise have access to in Gunbalanya, and has seen school attendance lift from 30% to well over 90%.
Harambee Vocation Centre
Our outreach programs in Uganda through HopeBuilders International encompass the Village of Hope and Youth Support Uganda, amongst others. The Village of Hope comprises fourteen houses, which are designed to house up to eight orphans as well as a house mother, in most cases a widow. The Village provides an opportunity for these children to grow up in as close to a family environment as is possible and receive an education.
The Vocation Centre helps the most vulnerable single mothers from the slums of Embul-bul by empowering them through vocational training, trauma counselling and financial assistance. As part of the vocational training, fifteen young mothers graduate from a tailoring and dress-making course every year.
Funds in this program assist International Needs to provide child sponsorships for educational and health programs to vulnerable children in the Philippines. Sponsored children are selected from the most disadvantaged families, deeply determined to receive an education.