El Kilombo social center is a multipurpose space that is home to a computer lab, lending library, and meeting space for our many gatherings and programs, such as English and Spanish classes, Kids’ Literacy Class and Homework Help, community dinners, workshops, seminars and speaker events. It is the physical space where neighborhood residents can encounter each other, hang out, and participate in programs that meet various needs and desires. It is also the space out of which other collective projects can emerge.
Behind the social center is a public park, which we call “El Hoyo.” There we hold an annual Neighborhood Festival, involving free food, live music and performances, raffles, and kids’ games. In Fall 2006, El Kilombo also offered youth soccer on the field.
Our social center opened on May 1, 2006, and is located just north of Downtown Durham, in the state of North Carolina.