The Maoko Project

Is An arts based wholistic Creative Consulting practice guided by indigenous  Ndau principles of self-determination and community. Our goal is to increase understanding and awareness to the richness of the immigrant experience,well-being and an diversity  & inclusion through a social justice lens. We work in and with schools, universities, organizations and communities.


Founder U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo grew up in Zimbabwe and credits her late mother Helen and grandmother with much of her inspiration, life philosophy and artistic endeavors. Among the many life lessons they shared with her, she especially resonates with the expression “Hama Maoko,” a phrase in their shared Ndau language. In English, Hama Maoko translates to mean " your hands are your relatives,” or as U-Meleni’s mother before explained, "we all have what we need and must learn to be self-sufficient and support our community. "

This is how U-Meleni and her team with The Maoko Project approach their life’s work.  

This includes: Performances, Interactive Workshops, Artistic Programs, Speaking Engagements and Program consultation.