Harambee Christian Family Center is dedicated to the development of indigenous leadership through a holistic ministry that seeks to address both physical and spiritual needs by emphasizing community engagement, academic advancement, and spiritual formation to cultivate a thriving urban neighborhood in a sustainable project of biblical hope.
In 1982, the neighborhood surrounding Harambee Center had the highest daytime crime rate in Southern California. The corner of Howard and Navarro, where we are located, was called “blood corner” because it saw the highest amount drive-by shootings and failed drug deals. Residents were held captive in their homes and there was little hope for change.
We believed the only legitimate way to become change-agents in this community was to become a part of it. Led by our founder, Dr. John Perkins, we moved into the community and became neighbors. For over 30 years we have served a 12-block target area, working with African American and Latino children and families.
“Harambee” means “Let’s get together and push” in Swahili. We seek to nurture and equip leadership that will holistically minister to the community by sharing Biblical truths, in order to achieve the re-building of urban neighborhoods through relocation, reconciliation and redistribution.
Our programs are emulated by peer organizations nationwide. Interns from around the world study our method of urban ministry. Awards received include Best Practices in Children’s Ministry (from Teaching Like Jesus Ministries) and the John Anson Ford Award (from L.A. County Human Relations Commission).
We are supported by the gifts of generous individuals, churches, local businesses, and private foundations.