The word Ujima ("oo-JEE-mah") is a  Ki ("kee") Swahili* word that means "Collective Work and Responsibility": To build and maintain our community together and to make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together".  Ujima  is exactly what this project...this movement... is all about.

   *Swahili (Kiswahili among its speakers) is a Bantu language spoken in East and Central Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda and Burundi, Somalia, and the Comoro Islands

​​Project Ujima, Inc.​.

Collective work and responsibility

Project Ujima 
Community Vision Statement
Created on October 13, 2011, at the Project Ujima Kick-off
We envision a community that values diversity and maintains high standards in a safe and nurturing environment that builds independence and economic self-sufficiency, while educating our community in the knowledge of self and promoting a healthy quality of life for all throughout the life cycle.

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The Miami Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c)(3), serves as Project Ujima's fiscal agent.
Content copyright 2015. Project Ujima, Inc.​




Project Ujima is a model of community engagement that provides a process and place for residents and other stakeholders of Akron’s Buchtel Community to come together to identify, study and take action on issues of shared concern.

It was established in 2011 with a three-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  (Please download the Project Ujima Overview and our Talk to Action brochure to learn more about the project and our Theory of Change.)

This project fosters the conditions that lead to residents discovering their own efficacy and capacity to work together to strengthen their community. 

Building relationships of trust among and between residents, service providers and institutions is at the heart of the project. 


  • Bridge the gap between "talk to action" and engage in a community Discussion Circle.

  • Learn how to moderate group discussions to allow all voices to be heard, which results in finding common ground for taking action.

  • Invite our trained moderators to demonstrate how this productive deliberative dialogue discussion process may help your organization or group.

  • Create, partner and/or participate in services, programs and enrichment activities that benefit our community.​

Would you like to “Try it The Ujima Way”?

To learn more about the Project Ujima process and what people are saying about it, download the

“Try It The Ujima Way” brochure. 

If you would like to learn more about our moderating and consullting services, give us a call (330-434-7988).

​​Would you like to learn more about our work and how to get involved?