Project Esperanza has been a credible force for good that has been dedicated to bringing positive change to the lives of women of African heritage living in the United Kingdom since 2016. The service was run voluntarily as a pilot for five years before acquiring charitable status to assess the need for culturally appropriate support services because there were gaps in the services available specifically for Black and African women in Scotland; and a need for inequalities awareness. We now operate as a womanist initiative as well as a leading Scottish registered charity for people of African heritage that is aiming to reduce health and social inequalities through the provision of specific, specialist, faith sensitive and culturally appropriate services; and we are committed to offering practical, mental health and well-being support to women and families of African heritage living in North Edinburgh.

Our Vision encompasses a commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity by challenging health and social inequalities and discrimination faced by African migrants; to the advancement of citizenship by encouraging acceptance of recently arrived migrant African families and helping them settle in their new community in Scotland; to the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship, and other disadvantages by providing services and practical support to alleviate the challenges faced by African Migrants and to the advancement of arts and heritage culture by preserving and promoting the culture of those of African descent.

Our Mission is to ensure that our vision makes positive impact through the unique and powerful ways that we show up to empower people and communities; and also in the ways in which we inspire opportunities for ACTION that promote inclusion, but most importantly inclusion without bias so that people are able to build meaningful lives and positive relationships in wider community.

Our mission is also to work collaboratively and regularly with partners and professionals who believe in and are willing to work in-line with our mission and vision; and partners and professionals who make diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of racial oppression a priority and who advance racial harmony in community; as well as partners and professionals who want to demonstrate cultural awareness and who opt to exercise cultural sensitivity when working alongside African women, their families and communities.

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“We improve the lives of women and empower women because women are needed for the stability of the home, women are the backbone of communities and women shape the future”

CEO Project Esperanza