Project Jambo works with schools to bring awareness of culture and the issues of culture directly to the individual child. Founded by Sue and Joel Gilbert in 2002, the first Friendship Packages were delivered to Kenyan children at five schools.
Today, more than 14,000 in the U.S., Kenya and Italy have participated. Project Jambo's initial idea to create an exchange program which would bring the world of Kenyan children into American elementary school classrooms through letters, photos and video has evolved.
In 2006, for Jambo's Coins for Change program, USA and Italian children raised $2,000 to build 200 desks for Kenyan schools.
Sue with sponsored students of Jambo's "Educate A Child" program, during enrollment week (February 2007).
Project Jambo's Educate a Child program raises funds to send Kenyan girls to secondary school. Secondary education takes place in boarding schools in rural Kenya, and families are simply unable to provide the money required.
Sue with Nthunguni children, in 2004.
What is Jambo?
Jambo is a unique interactive exchange program:
- It’s about helping children make real connections with other children and expand their knowledge and understanding of other cultures, countries and customs.
- It’s about sharing what’s important to them and enabling them to know the Kenyan children through video and photos.
Jambo has brought together over 7,000 children to date through its projects, working with teachers and community organizations. Educational packages created by American and Italian school children are delivered to Kenyan children. Click on the navigation buttons at left for all the fun details, in words and pictures.
Donate to Jambo
You can help support Project Jambo. Click on the "Donate" button and make a contribution through PayPal or send in your check today. Project Jambo continues to grow and expand each year. Find out how you can become a part of Project Jambo, contact Sue Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Project Jambo NEWS
"Roosevelt Elementary School
raising money for Project Jambo"
The whole fifth-grade class performed its annual Hawaiian show for families Thursday and Friday night, with funds from ticket sales going to help schoolchildren in Kenya. ::more::
Announcing Winners of Jambo’s First Annual Art Contest! Hannah Devyor of Eastside Elementary in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is the Grand Prize Winner.
Click here for details on all the winning entries.
Sue with students of Iviani Elementary during Jambo's trip to Kenya (February 2006).
Sue and Joel planting a tree with children (February 2005).
Producer, Greg Montemurro shot footage for a planned documentary.
Boxes filled with USA classroom produced materials.