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Black Covid Resilience

An article highlighting the experiences of Black people and the coronavirus pandemic.

Wellness is also about building knowledge in matters that impact your life and your family. For more information access the resources below.

Interesting Facts

Black people experience inequitable, negative outcomes with the pandemic.

The Headlines

Black people and other people of colour make up 83% of reported COVID-19 cases in Toronto

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COVID-19, Systemic Racism, and the Racialization and the Lives of Black People article

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Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on Black Canadians article published in March 2021

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Additional Resources on Covid Resilience

  1. #BlackCovidResilience– Instagram page highlighting information and resources centering on the lived experiences of Black community members: https://www.instagram.com/blackcovidresilience/?hl=en

2. Coping with Covid Harm Reduction Resource List

Kujenga’s Resource Library

Know your culture

Did you know the core members represent the Caribbean Islands? Can you guess which island Anada, Tasia and Nicole were nurtured! Culture is a significant part of our history, our identity, and our roots. Many of our programs highlight the importance of representation, roots, and identity. For Us, By Us posts created by Ms. Tasia Richards, Communications Director Explore our resource library

Our First Year

In June 2021, the Kujenga Family Wellness Project completed their first year of providing service to Durham Region. Our outreach and support in the community was expansive, and we are excited to share our results with you. To learn more about our programming and services, contact us at: info@kujengafamily.org Our Outreach Our Reach: 1500 people Since 2020, our organization has surpassed our engagement to over 1500 people. We have reached our community through informative workshops, family outreach, and social media campaigns. 60 + Parents, caregivers and guardians received fresh food deliveries, $200-600 gift cards, and winter clothing. 1000 + We […]

Kujali Family Support Line Feedback Results

The Kujali Black Family Support Line officially began in March 2021. The line is offered to individuals and families seeking support in addressing challenges in their families and within the system. The Line offers: 1. Supportive Counselling, 2. Peer to Peer Mentoring, 3. Resource Navigation. The line staff offer a culturally-informed approach that focuses on building trust and a therapeutic relationship, a thorough assessment of the family’s strengths and needs, and a comprehensive service plan that indicates clear action steps and objectives. The line is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6pm. The line staff are trained therapists […]

Faith-Based Practices: Eid

The arabic word “Eid” means festival , feast or holiday.  There are two major Eids in Islamic Calendar per year. One is Eid al- Fitr and the other one is Eid al- Adha. Eid al Fitr  is celebrated after the month of Ramadan. Muslim fast for 29 days during Ramadan or 30 days depending on the appearance of moon. If the moon is not observed on the 29 day of Ramadan then the Eid will be celebrated the following day. After a month of prayer, self control and fasting, muslim celebrates the accomplishment  of their religious duties during Ramadan. Fasting […]

Supporting Newcomers

New immigrants are those people who migrate to other countries for better life opportunities. We want to highlight some of the issues that new immigrants face when they move to a new country. There are many organizations in Ontario who help newcomers such as welcome centres, OCASI, newcomer women services etc. Our mission is to help people understand the issues that new immigrants face and how it impacts them.  The Unique Needs of Newcomers When individuals, couples and families emigrate from their home country, they have unique needs to help them settle. While it it important to learn the rules […]

Health and Wellness

Building resilience in your family’s health is a collaborative effort and in a holistic way. Our team explored the risks to family’s wellness such as: Health risks Mental health concerns Anti-Black racism Systemic oppression School difficulties Black people are highly susceptible to physical ailments such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and immune difficulties. This can impact financial and employment stability within the household, as well as contribute to heightened concerns around wellness. Workshop leader Shelly Laforest, discusses how we can manage our physical wellness and maintain a healthy family. In the next segment, Melissa Perryman [educator] shares tips and suggestions […]

Kujenga and Community Events

The Community Showcase The community showcase is a collaborative community event showcasing Black organizations (i.e., Black -led and Black-owned) that provide social services for children, youth, and families. Join us to learn more about the event.

Supporting Black Entrepreneurship

The Black community is filled with an ample amount of of creativity, intelligence and drive. Within Durham Region, there are a lot of small, Black owned businesses built on a foundation of these values. In recent years, especially after racial protests in the United States in 2020, our society has begun to emphasize supporting Black businesses. It is important to note that supporting Black businesses is not a trend, it is a lifestyle. When you support Black businesses and entrepreneurship, you are supporting Black families and Black communities, closing the racial wealth gap, and creating jobs opportunities. Within Durham Region, […]

Peer Mentor Application

Kujenga Wellness Project, Ifarada: Centre for Excellence, Durham District School Board, and Side by Side Family Services have collaborated in creating a systems navigation line to provide support, resources, and referrals for individuals within the community. This navigation line will be the first point of contact for individuals within Durham who are seeking additional resources to help with issues such as mental health, addictions, child welfare systems, settlement, homelessness, and more. What is the Kujali Support Line? The purpose of the navigation line is to reduce feelings of isolation in the community by providing community members with peer-to-peer support and […]

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