Opened in 2020, Ubunifu Lamu, an initiative of African corner shop (for more info click here) has evolved from an art learning centre for school going children affected during COVID-19 pandemic to a community-based organization (CBO) targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged children in a small village called Mararani village within Lamu Island. With the advent of covid-19 around the world, Lamu Island basically shut down in March 2020. Suddenly, people found themselves out of work and unable to provide for their families. Vulnerable children were often left to fend for themselves throughout the day as parents went in search of jobs and food. Upon seeing this situation, we quickly decided to convert our studio space into an art learning center in order to connect our resident artists with the children in the village needing a safe space to spend the day.
Today, Ubunifu collaborates with the local community to create a platform for intergenerational exchanges to encourage the continuation of cultural heritage but also to educate them on their culture, history and identity which is intertwined with the arts. We provide a unique platform, a gallery and studio where kids express themselves through art, music, poetry, dance and yoga and sports activities. Through art exhibitions and the interactive activities Ubunifu Initiative Lamu exposes the children to varied ideas while introducing their works to the publics, allowing growth and talent development.