Sinkunia Community Development Organization Recognized
by Rotary International President


The Sinkunia Community Development Organization (SCDO) is working in solidarity with two local Rotary Clubs, YEG Passport Rotary is so proud to be supporting these local leaders.. Rotary members are sharing their networks, resources and vocational skills, including grant writing.

Rotary was keen to work with Sinkunia as the community development organization empowers youth by uplifting their cultural strengths in many positive and creative ways.

Sinkunia received a $25K grant from the National Canada Healthy Communities Initiative to create a safe and vibrant public space. The Bosco Foundation granted access to a fertile piece of land on the North Side of the St. Francs Centre at 6770-129 Avenue. They also leveraged a $20K Neighbourhood Revitalization Grant from the City of Edmonton.

Fast forward one year later, and Sinkunia youth designed and created a great outdoor gardening and gathering space while offering an exceptional program with youth all along. The youth did most of the work.

On July 9th, Sinkunia was honoured by a visit from Jennifer Jones, the new Rotary International President who was making a cross-Canada tour. She is the first woman and she is Canadian! She selected Sinkunia as one of her 13 stops.

During their cultural camp, youth created “Peace Poles”, as a symbol of peace-building, even at the neighbourhood level. These were raised on July 9th. Lively Marimba music was played by the Sihle-Sizwe Vineyard Organization, Sinkunia’s wonderful African food and a fashion show were some of the highlights. Sinkunia Board Chair, Funke Smith extended a beautiful welcome to Rotary the many distinguished guests and families. She also shared the word Ubuntu, which was experienced by those in attendance. Fatmata Kanu received a Rotary scholarship.

During Sinkunia’s exceptional emergency food response during the peak of COVID, they brought hope to many. Executive Director Issa Kamara wants to bring more people into the Sinkunia family in the neighbourhood. Rotarians will follow his lead.