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Community gatherings to build bridges and overcome division

The Idea

Sambusa Sunday events are community gatherings that bring people of all backgrounds together, to build bridges and to overcome division. People come together to eat Somali Sambusas and drink Chai Tea in a public space that welcomes conversations and relationship building with the Somali/Muslim communities.

At a time when divisive talk and actions are all too prevalent in our comm...

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The Idea

Sambusa Sunday events are community gatherings that bring people of all backgrounds together, to build bridges and to overcom...

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You'll get guides and resources on how to bring this idea to life.

There is no funding available for this idea in United States, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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"This community gathering is not a political statement, it's a statement of who we are as people"

Sambusa Sunday
R.T. Rybak
former Minneapolis Mayor and current Executive Director of the Minneapolis Foundation.

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Great for

  • Wants to bring people in your community together
  • Would like to strengthen relationships and allow people to stand together in spite of the current social and political climate

Sambusa Sunday project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Identify Key Community Leaders
  • Gather Resources and a Venue
  • Invite your Neighbors
  • Recruit Volunteers
  • Host Your Event


Suggested: The event will take approximately 4 hours to pull together and on the day of the event you'll need approximately 4 hours to get ready, host the event and clean up afterwards.


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Sambusa Sunday

6 Sambusa Sunday projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to Sambusa Sunday! We want to empower you to host a Sambusa Sunday community gathering in your neighborhood, city or town. This is an opportunity to support and show gratitude for one another in spite of the divisive and threatening atmosphere that currently exists, which is threatening to shake the fabric of what this country stands for. It’s time to experience the joy of connecting with people in your local community by sharing Sambusa, Chai Tea and Conversations with each other. Find out here how to start a local Sambusa Sunday community gathering.

Hamse Warfa, Nonprofit/philanthropic leader

Our impact so far...

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6 Sambusa Sunday projects have already been started

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