Welcome to Project
Esperanza

who we are

We’re a Womanist initiative dedicated to bringing race and faith-sensitive specialist services & culturally appropriate support to women of African heritage in Edinburgh.

We address social isolation, migration trauma and racial trauma.
Through offering culturally appropriate race-sensitive, faith-sensitive and trauma-informed, stigma-free support and services as well as mental health and well-being support through coaching and mentoring.
We have a trusted network of partners who understand the needs of the people we serve and have a human rights-based approach to working with people.

Going strong since 2016

Our Vision

Our Vision encompasses a commitment to the advancement of citizenship through integration services activities; to the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship, and other disadvantages; and to promote and preserve the African culture and heritage through creative, nutrition, beauty and wellness arts.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to ensure that our vision makes a 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 promotes inclusion, but most importantly inclusion without bias so that people are able to build meaningful lives and positive relationships in the wider community.

The work we do

We 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 the community by encouraging acceptance of newly arrived families and helping them settle in their new communities in Edinburgh.

Other activities our organisation facilitates

Advocacy and Family Support

We offer culturally appropriate information sessions on a variety of family issues, and we work alongside a carefully selected referral tree that specialises in working with migrant families to advocate for and address issues faced by children, adults and families. Facilitated by family service experts and individuals with lived experiences.

Food support

We work alongside carefully selected food banks to provide food support to families from culturally diverse backgrounds for the lack of culturally appropriate food in Edinburgh food banks.

Youth Work

We offer children and young people safe spaces to enjoy positive social experiences; to develop individuality and interpersonal skills, and to learn about culture and identity. We do this through workshops, exploring creative cultural arts, trips out and playing games.

Anti-Racism Awareness

This program provides a toolkit to build an anti racist culture for work environments and community spaces. Facilitated by pro-black educators and critical friends.

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Consultancy

We provide culture-specific education to community leaders, organisations and agencies to aid in decision-making and influence best practices.

For more information, please make an enquiry.

Our Ethos

Empowered women

“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

Strong Partnerships

We are committed to the promotion of equality and diversity by raising awareness, challenging and reducing health and social inequalities through the provision of specific, specialist, faith sensitive, culturally appropriate and practical mental health, well-being and integration support and services to women and families of African heritage living in North Edinburgh.

Conscious Leadership

“Leadership is about empathy. It’s about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purposes of inspiring and empowering lives”.

-Oprah Winfrey

Project Esperanza team

Partners, Sponsors & Funders

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