Serving Newcomers and Families

We create opportunities that build belonging

Recreation

Soccer Without Boundaries
Soccer, Basketball, Camps.

Learning

Afterschool, Tutoring, Mentoring, Workshops

Inclusion

Access, Participation, Inclusion, Belonging

From a Soccer Program to a

Neighbourhood Movement

Founded in 2010 as a drop-in soccer club for immigrant and low-income children, Umoja Community Mosaic has become an organization that provides opportunities and support to Calgary’s underserved.

Soccer & Basketball

Umoja brings together youth and children from 30+ countries to share in the magic of playing soccer and to develop social skills. Our inclusive and accessible programming promotes friendship, leadership, life skills, and a sense of belonging.

 

Cultural Food Security

Umoja’s Food hampers offer a solution for families and seniors struggling to access culturally appropriate groceries. With regular delivery, families receive essential ingredients for nutritious meals, delivered with dignity and support.

Education & Learning

Umoja Thrive offers free after-school programs, including homework club and tutoring, to ensure students can access support within their own community. Youth volunteers, tutors, and Umoja alumni work together to provide support for academic and social development.

Community Belonging

Led by residents within the community, our neighborhood-based programming addresses a range of topics, including women’s programming, recreation, arts, anti-racism, and wellness. We empower local leadership and facilitate programming to support the diverse needs of our adult community.

Mental Wellness

Umoja Community Mosaic’s Mental Wellness Program is rooted in cultural sensitivity and connection, providing newcomers with supportive spaces for healing and growth. Through group sessions and one-on-one counseling, our program fosters engagement, allowing individuals to build resilience, navigate stress, and establish a sense of belonging in their new communities.

Executive Director & Founder

Jean Claude Munyezamu

Jean Claude Munyezamu is a Rwandan Canadian who escaped the genocide in 1994 and volunteered in refugee camps in Somalia and Sudan before moving to Canada in 1998.

In 2010, learning that children in his neighbourhood were getting into trouble, Jean Claude took some soccer balls to a nearby green space on a Saturday morning. He continues to nurture community relationships with each participating child and parent, while directing our growing organization.

365+

Activities Each Year

4000

Participants

10,000+

Volunteer Hours

Umoja Community Mosaic

Ways to Contribute

We believe each donor deserves to feel confident in their investment. Donors can see exactly how contributions are enriching the community. They interact with our founder and witness their dollars changing lives.

Maximum Local Impact

Your Dollars at Work

At Umoja Community Mosaic, we know you want to be a donor actively improving your community by investing in a reputable organization. You want your donation dollars to have maximum local impact. While giving to large organizations may seem less risky, there are smaller, deserving organizations within your community that could put your contributions to good use.

At Umoja, the fingerprint of our donors is on every success story. We believe each donor deserves to feel confident in their investment. They should see exactly how contributions are enriching the community and witness their dollars at work.

Here’s how to contribute:

Step 1:

Visit the donations page on this website.

Step 2:

Submit your donation.

Step 3:

Take pride knowing you’ve invested in the future of your community.

So, donate to Umoja Community Mosaic today. In the meantime, schedule a private tour with our founder, Jean Claude. See how we promote inclusion and community leadership, while focusing on each individual child and family for a ripple effect of success.

Questions about donating to Umoja?

Call 403-764-5234 or send us an email at office@umojamosaic.org.

Donating to Umoja means

Maximum Local Impact

Many donors assume that by contributing to large organizations, they are making the biggest impact. By choosing to give to a smaller, local organization like Umoja Community Mosaic, donors actively enrich their community and can witness their dollars changing childrens’ lives.