Cheza Nami is Swahili for “come play with me”. The non-profit, located in Contra Costa County, was the motivation of founder Catherine Ndungu-Case, a Kenyan-American scientist, who wanted to make sure her young twins had positive cultural experiences. The non-profit enhances social issues by promoting cultural diversity and finding ways for the local community to express curiosity and exploration of African cultures. Activities include the annual Taste of Africa Festival, in-school programs, and Diversity Summer Camp for youth.
A 2017 Living Cultures grant will support the 6th annual Taste of Africa Festival bringing together local African master artists in performance, as well as a free outdoor activities, which include music, dance, craft, an African-textile fashion show, food, and children activities. The Festival will take place on October 7, 2017 in Pleasanton, CA.