My name is Morgan Hankston and I am the creator of Kuumba Village, an Afrikan centered educational partner started in May of 2022, that provides culturally relative resources, education, and consultation in support of enhancing independent learner’s experience for ages 3-18 and their families.
Our Village is creative-focused, in nature, that allow learners to heal and grow in knowing that their heritage and ancestors were creators of the world which is left out of mainstream historical attributions. Our creative cultural model will also study and celebrate the true positive heritage of all students enrolled.
To complete my project (the first of many), I’m launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $45,000 in 45 days. Proceeds from the campaign will be used to serve our growing student body by expanding, renovating and upgrading our education residence that is a 5-room space that houses 40 students, 5 educators and 2 admin staff. This project will transform our village into an eclectic healing space with cultural art hangings, peace & tranquil decor, water features in each space, colorful plants, and fun alternative learning study areas that will accommodate social learning to boost esteem and apt for peer awareness. In addition, funds will increase our culturally relative content to personalize learning and enrichment, and last but not least, to expand our community garden outdoor space. With your support, our small waiting list, of in-need families, will become active students and all students will continue to have an opportunity to self-direct their interests while developing as intuitive sovereign citizens: Being understanding, building character, while instilling an attitude of appreciation in giving back to the generations behind them is the mission of our village and is what we define as true engagement and success.
Timeline & Cost Breakdown
Blueprint of Our Village
I was inspired to use “Kuumba” for our Village to share the purpose and meaning behind the name "Kuumba" which is the Swahili word, “Creativity.” As our annual family celebration of our heritage during the winter, it is also celebrated as the 6th principle of Kwanza (“first fruits”-celebration of Afrika and ancestral roots) with practical ways of uplifting the community. Creativity meaning to perform acts that leave the community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it." -Dr. Maulana Karenga
I’m really passionate about our village because our heritage and ancestor’s contribution to the world is marginalized, overlooked, distorted and is not passed down to future generations. I trust this project will resonate with people interested in supporting our mission to restore knowledge, re-member (restore) our fractured history, and moving forward to begin to build-up and equip our student’s confidence of who they are as well as highlight the goal of every learner acknowledging the power and creativity within.
Our project will begin on Oct. 9th 2023 with the 5-room renovation & upgrades, expansion of our outside gardening area to incorporate native plants for nature studies, implementation of our cultural content in STEM and Ancient African and African American History as well as provide scholarships assistance to a few of our new enrolled students at our current location in Temescal Valley, CA (Inland Empire area).
Be sure to check out our cutest pet(s) drawing that will take place at the end of our campaign. This will be a LIVE drawing for supporters who give $1,000 and own a pet fury(s). Check out the reward for more details.
Kuumba T-shirts and various Afro-style earrings donated by Holistic Vibez (Shop & Wellness Center) located in our community.
We thank you for your support!❤️