All Hands In
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(oo-JEE-mah)

Ujima is the third principle or day of Kwanzaa. Although Kwanzaa is rooted in African-American culture, the principles of Kwanzaa support our belief that we are all connected and we must address the needs of our brothers and sisters regardless of our differences. 

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​"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 principle

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The Ujima Institute was founded by

Dr. Lisa VanHoose. As a physical therapist and scientist, she believes that individual and societal wellness ​requires village-like efforts.

However, the Institute works due to the efforts of many, not just its owner and founder.