Harambee is a Swahili word that means “working together for progress.” Members of our Harambee group have provided charity funding for numerous Concern projects in some of the poorest countries around the world.

 Shimelis Teldu took part in Concern’s vocational training programme in Addis Ababa. Photographer: Sahedul Islam

Next phase

We are now inviting new and existing members to help a community in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to make major improvements in their lives.

About the project

This new Harambee project was launched in 2016. The aim is to increase the employability and productivity of people dependent on the city’s large informal economy, i.e. those who do not pay taxes and are not tracked in any official way. The initial programme offered training in six areas identified after a labour market survey. As Addis is a city under construction, three of the areas are plumbing, plastering and metal work. The other three are leatherwork, automotive painting and hair cutting for men.

Making education accessible

Despite recent years of strong economic growth in Ethiopia, the creation of decent employment opportunities for the growing numbers of unemployed in both urban and rural areas remains a challenge, specifically for the more disadvantaged vulnerable groups such as youth and women. These segments suffer persistent poverty, either by lack of employment or by not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. They are the least educated, lack experience and marketable skills, suffer from discriminatory attitudes, and have the fewest opportunities.

To break this cycle of poverty, support is needed to ensure they have access to quality skills training and certification relevant to the productive work force and labour market.

Overall goal and planned outcomes

The overall goal of this project is to empower more marginalised men and women to secure meaningful, well-paid employment and self-employment through improving access to and uptake of marketable skills and creating linkages with employers and credit facilities.

  • Outcome 1: Employment opportunities facilitated for 600 (70% female & 10% disabilities) graduates of the pilot project beneficiaries.
  • Outcome 2: 100 marginalised, underpaid and migrant youth (15% with disabilities) acquire marketable skills for employment and self-employment.

For more details, download the project proposal (PDF)

How Harambee works

We hope that between 10 and 20 people will join together to fund this project. For more information on how to get involved, email [email protected] or call Rachel on +353 1 4177736.


The Harambee project will be completed in late Spring 2017. After that, a full report will be prepared for Harambee members, showing you how your funds have been spent and what has been achieved. Your support will make a significant difference to marginalised and vulnerable men and women.