Team Africa is a faith–based non-profit founded in Denver, Colorado to build solidarity through collaborative educational initiatives, capacity building and mutually developed sustainable projects for self-reliance with communities in Africa.
Our Team was solidified into an official organization after receiving timely
inspiration at the National Black Catholic Congress IX in Chicago. The Congress
challenged Americans especially U.S. Catholics with the 2002 National Plan of
Action “to build solidarity with African communities within three years.” Building
awareness started in Denver with African communities. Central to this vision and
work were Albert and Marcellina Otii, an immigrant couple from Uganda who
have strong ties to their homeland. This lead Team Africa to take its first
mission trip to war-ravaged northern Uganda in 2004. The team experienced the
impact of war on the civilians first hand and developed supportive relationships
with lay men and women (catechists) who volunteer to serve the church and their
communities. Additional trips have been made in June 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014,
2016, and 2017. These workshops offered an opportunity to listen to the
communities and begin to assist with trauma awareness, school fees, and
capacity building for sustainable projects. Team Africa was registered as a non-profit in 2008.
Sister Marion Weinzapfel, CSJ, Margaret Wright, Deborah Price, Marcellina Otii, and Albert Otii.