Changing the world, one life at a time
The idea that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights is a great principle, but far from reality. We live in a world where oppression and terror reigns, where people are marginalized and deprived of their rights daily. We can only fight for our rights, when we understand those rights and the consequences of being deprived of such rights.
Haki Yetu means “Our Rights” in Swahili, which is the language of the world. It is believed that all children in the world, when they learn to speak, start with Swahili words, for example: “dada” (sister), “baba” (daddy), “mama” (mom) and so on. As children utter these words, we understand that they have a need and are asking for help.
Haki Yetu believes in empowering individuals and communities to know their rights reclaim and protect these rights. As a human being who has suffered greatly for expressing my own rights, I understand and remain strongly committed to the ongoing struggle to promote the rights and equality of all individuals.
The vision of Haki Yetu goes back several years ago, in the country which would become the “rape capital of the world” and participate in the genocide of about 8,000,000 people: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). It was in the DR Congo that I would understand war, torture, human rights abuses and the absence of individual rights. It was also in that country that my social soul would be molded and shaped, and years later, birthing this organization: Haki Yetu.
Our philosophy is strategically centered in the human rights model because it foregrounds dignity and justice for every human being, and makes clear that any form of injustice against any member of our community undermines the human rights of the entire community. The refugees we meet confront the discriminatory attitudes and practices that limit access to affordable housing, quality education and decent healthcare, adequate public benefits, living-wage jobs and enhanced political participation, and there are few opportunities to address these issues.
The organization was created by Dr. Bill Mlongetcha Jackson who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and arrested during a live sermon about peace and reconciliation in the DR Congo. He was severely persecuted, confined, placed on death row, until he was released and came to the US as a refugee. As a newcomer having to navigate the complex social services system in the US, Dr. Bill Mlongetcha Jackson founded Haki Yetu, in New York, with the same purpose of combating oppression, injustice and promoting human rights as a principle for social justice. Haki Yetu, believes in ensuring the dignity and protection of people at risk, by giving them the freedom to define and control their own lives, while promoting economic empowerment as a basic human right. The organization was primarily created to be a voice to the hopeless, an advocate for the oppressed and a catalyst for change for those unable to do so.
Haki Yetu, which means “Our Rights” in Swahili, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization
dedicated to promote the rights of individuals living in marginalized and disenfranchised
communities where human rights are violated. We believe in solidarity, equality and justice for all.
We believe that individuals are more likely to benefit from services once they are aware of and can
freely exercise their human rights. Through a range of programs, advocacy and services, Haki Yetu
works to end injustices, discrimination, violence, and other forms of injustices faced by individuals
living in New York and other countries. Haki Yetu is also committed to empowering individuals,
families and communities to act in defense of their own rights and freedoms and to overcome the
barriers created by societal problems.
Haki Yetu which means “Our Rights” in Swahili was created to combat oppression, injustice and promote human rights as a principle for social justice in our communities of interest.
Through a range of programs and services, linkages, education and advocacy, we seek to help individuals live independent and self-sufficient lives with respect and dignity.
We are also committed to empowering individuals, families and communities to act in defense of their own rights and freedoms and to overcome the barriers created by societal problems.
Haki Yetu places its issues squarely within the context of human rights concerns which currently exist within our communities. Haki Yetu works to increase the awareness of human rights within our communities, for we are all entitled to dignity and justice, and we must all stand up for our rights.
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