The Jamii Project

Doing good has never looked so good. Did you know that a refugee, who was forced to leave his home due to persecution and fear and who has traveled thousands of miles to find a new home in Nashville, created these bags? Today, your purchase of this unique, hand-sewn bag will do more than just put a smile on your face...much more. This bag will create an opportunity for an entire family. Refugees are often considered a forgotten people. Not today. Today, you have chosen to recognize them and support them. Your generosity is empowering these people who truly are our next-door neighbors: empowering them to train others, to gain marketable skills, and to earn extra income to support their families. Together we are fostering a community.

Jamii is the Swahili word for community. Simply put, The Jamii Project is the community project. In the past 15 years, over 5,000 refugees have called Nashville, Tennessee their new home. Now is the time to blur the boundaries between “them” and “us.” Now is the time to create a community.

As we enter into this holiday season, give a gift that gives back: give a gift that fosters Jamii. Pre-order one of our bags by December 15th and receive it just in time for the holidays email us at


Breakfast Banquet - Save the Date!

African Leadership Breakfast Banquet
Thursday, October 13th, 2011
7:00am - 8:30am
at Covenant Presbyterian Church
33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville, TN, 37215 (map here)

If you are interested in hosting a table, please contact Marie-Aimee Abizera:
phone: (615) 595-8238 ext. 244

Completion of Polling in the Souther Sudan Referendum

Successful Completion of Polling in the Southern Sudan Referendum

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 17, 2011

The completion of a peaceful, orderly Southern Sudan referendum marks a significant achievement for the Sudanese people and a historic step toward full implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The United States commends the millions of Southern Sudanese people who participated in this historic process, and applauds both northern and southern leaders for creating conditions that allowed voters to cast their ballots freely and without fear, intimidation, or coercion. The successful vote was also a credit to the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau, and more than 40 countries and international organizations. We welcome the positive statements issued in recent days by international observer missions from the African Union, Arab League, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, European Union, and the Carter Center.
As we await the official results of the referendum, we reaffirm our commitment to remain a steadfast partner to both parties as they continue to work toward full implementation of the CPA and to develop their post-CPA relationship. The parties have an opportunity to forge a durable peace between the North and the South, and to build positive relationships with the international community. We hope they will seize this moment, and the United States supports their efforts to ensure a peaceful, more prosperous future for all Sudanese.


This blog might be a few days overdue, 18 days to be exact but none the less, Happy New Year :)

This year started with a lot of blessings for our ministry, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that support our ministry financially this past year of 2010. It was not the easiest year to survive as a non-profit, but we are glad that we serve a living God who is in charge of every aspect of our ministry including finances. It's a great relief to know that we can rely on him.

On Sunday, January 9th, We experienced one of the most important day in history here in Nashville. The hundreds of Sudanese resettled here in Nashville gathered the whole day to vote for the referendum that would make Southern Sudan it's own government. We pray that this referendum will bring stability to the region of Southern Sudan and tranquility to the Christian church in that region as it has endured so many years of persecution caused by the Muslim government in the Northern region of the country.
Today was the successful completion of the referendum votes and we'll wait to hear the results.
It was a celebration for many Sudanese from the south all over the world

They all turned out to vote for the independence of the Southern region of Sudan

The Sudanese in Nashville turned out to vote at the Lost Boys gallery in downtown Nashville