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The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice (HH/CFEJ) is a Savannah-based nonprofit with nearly two decades of practice helping people create safe, healthy communities that promote wellness, environmental justice and green sustainability. Founded in 1991 to engage African Americans in the fight for environmental justice and to bring attention to the nuclear issues affecting people of color in Savannah, HH/CFEJ was born out of a tremendous need for African Americans to develop collective strategies for the effective engagement of citizens in local decision-making.

HH/CFEJ's main goal has always been to build the capacity of disenfranchised or marginalized communities to speak intelligently and confidently about the social, economic and environmental problems they face. Its philology of change is grounded in the following simple equation:

community building + capacity building + citizen engagement in policymaking & government actions = sustainable environmental and social change


We work collectively with the Creator as our guide to help adults and youth find their voice, develop their full potential as leaders and take collective action as community change agents who operate in excellence and integrity.


Our vision is a world where ...

  • African history and culture, human rights and environmental justice are valued and practiced;
  • community residents are empowered to speak in their own voice and are engaged in the public policy process;
  • adults take full responsibility for the personal, educational, and spiritual development of future generations of youth and young adults;
  • the community is engaged in creating and sustaining economic activities that are green and sustainable and enrich the lives of the community
  • families live, work and play in communities free of toxins and other environmental health hazards; and
  • peace and justice is a reality for ALL!


Our mission is to educate, inspire, organize and build the capacity of African Americans and other communities of color to create and sustain safe, economically vibrant, healthy neighborhoods that promote healthy living, wellness, environmental justice and green sustainability.


  • The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice (HH/CFEJ) has nurtured and supported community change agents (i.e. youth, college students, adults,
    parents, residents, environmental professionals, community leaders, business professionals and entrepreneurs) in more than 100 communities in the South;
  • HH/CFEJ has worked in collaboration with hundreds of environmental justice and human rights activists in the United States and in four countries (Guinea, Senegal, South Africa, and Panama) to build healthy communities, homes, schools and people.
  • HH/CFEJ has provided cultural and environmental education and training to nearly 2000 youth and young adults around the world.
  • HH/CFEJ has over twenty years of experience, consistency, follow-through and impact with a variety of governmental, academic and business institutions;
  • HH/CFEJ has served for more than a decade as an intermediary of resources and technical assistance between community residents, public policy makers, elected officials, academicians and industry leaders;
  • HH/CFEJ has two decades of experience mobilizing hundreds of residents to take action against environmental hazards;
  • HH/CFEJ has more than two decades of experience working in partnership with environmental and social justice activists worldwide and has become a well-respected and trusted leader in the fight for environmental, economic and social justice.