Umoja, which means ‘togetherness’ in the Swahili language of East Africa, is an exciting and transformational church and community initiative. It helps church leaders and their congregations work together with the local community to bring about positive change for the whole community.

Umoja helps local churches and communities build on the resources and skills they already have. It is a process that inspires and equips local people with a vision for determining their own future with their own resources.

Umoja is based on more than 20 years of experience of working with churches and communities throughout Africa and Asia. Click here for some case studies.

Umoja consists of two main guides, one for facilitators and one for coordinators. The Umoja Facilitator’s Guide (PDF 3.3 MB) contains Bible studies, activities, energisers, tools, advice and a step-by-step process to help a church and community become inspired and start working for transformation in their community. The Umoja Co-ordinator’s Guide (PDF 1.1 MB) provides everything that an organisation or church needs to know to start and manage an Umoja programme across a number of local communities.

Printed copies of both manuals are available. Please contact us for more information at:

We would love to hear from you if you use Umoja. Please do get in touch!

Richard Lister leads Tearfund's work on church and community mobilisation. Click here to read his inspirational blog, Churches changing nations.

Umoja Facilitator’s Guide  

Entire book Umoja Facilitator’s Guide (PDF 3.3 MB)

Separate sections:

Umoja Co-ordinator’s Guide 

Entire book Umoja Co-ordinator’s Guide (PDF 1 MB).

Separate sections:

Contents and introduction (PDF 265 KB)
1. All you need to know about Umoja (PDF 1.5 MB) 
2. How to start Umoja (PDF 1.9 MB) 
3. How to recruit and train facilitators (PDF 2.6 MB)
4. How to manage Umoja (PDF 1.8 MB)
5. How to monitor and evaluate Umoja (PDF 5.4 MB)
6. Expanding and adapting the Umoja programme (PDF 3.5 MB)
Appendices (PDF 1 MB)

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HIV Umoja

A supplementary HIV facilitator's guide (PDF 1.5 MB)  for use by facilitators in churches involved with Umoja and those who would like to identify if HIV is a current issue in the community. It is recommended that this guide is used in churches and communities who have already completed at least one cycle of Umoja. For more details or queries, please contact