Francesca Strom




Hello everyone, I am a remote volunteer for the African People's Education and Defense Fund and we are doing a fundraiser to help build the Uhuru Wa Kulea African Women's Health Center in St. Louis. Last year, I wanted to show my support for the Black Power Blueprint but it was exceptionally difficult to do so while still going through the pandemic. Through the Black power Blueprint, we are helping black communities across the nation build self-empowerment to be able to stop the encroaching of large developers in their own neighborhoods. As someone who has worked for a small business and understand the importance of keeping it local, this fundraising campaign is a great way to show support. 

Each year, the number of babies that die during childbirth in St. Louis could populate 15 kindergarten classrooms. We are fighting to take back our power over our own communities and resources including the futures of our children.

We are embarking on Phase Five of the Black Power Blueprint, to create a Black-led wellness education center to empower Black women and girls in caring for our physical, mental and emotional wellness. The vision is to provide health and self-care programs that reinforce our traditional African culture, and invest in the future of our community with doula and childbirth educator certification programs along with opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.

We have long recognized that our community has the capacity to solve our own problems through self-reliance projects driven by the needs of the community, rather than having solutions imposed on us. We create programs that empower the people from the ground up to create lasting change. The Uhuru Wa Kulea Health Center will be a much needed respite for our community. It will empower us in taking charge of our health and well-being.

The Uhuru Wa Kulea African Women's Health Center is part of the Black Power Blueprint, an initiative of the African People's Education and Defense Fund and Black Star Industries.

How would you like to support?