Quafin Anoa, born & raised in Chicago, is one of the founders of Hekalu Ya UKUUNKI (Kiswahili for Temple of the Seven Principles). This all began in Caxito, Angola 2009. The original intent & big idea was to establish an organization to deal with poverty. At the time I conceived the idea I thought poverty could be alleviated by freedom. Freedom is the ability to pursue eternal health, wealth, and knowledge without the mental, physical, and psychological bondage of poverty. The original intent was to begin the business as an international cooperative. A cooperative allows a business to be owned and operated by the people it serves instead of Wall Street or the government.
The cooperative were to offer the following:
Holistic Healthcare| Economic & Spiritual Development |Cultural, Environmental Consciousness
The first name for our organization was Liberdade Cooperação (Freedom Cooperation). After returning to the states one of the components for Liberdade Cooperação (LibCoop) was created: True Reflections and Freedom. True Reflections and Freedom (TRaF) was the Cultural/Environmental component of Lib Coop. TRaF was incorporated as a non-for-profit from 2010-2012.
Hekalu Ya UKUUNKI began as True Reflections and Freedom in an unincorporated state. TRaF is an Afrikan heritage education organization. The focus of True Reflections and Freedom is to fulfill the need to expand heritage to youth of Africa Descent.
Current – Temple Description
Continuing with the original intent of being an international, self-governing entity, Hekalu Ya UKUUNKI (Kiswahili for Temple of the Seven Principles) was created. Hekalu Ya UKUUNKI (HYU), is a self-supported, Universal, Spiritual Temple established to acknowledge the Creator and restore the original, indigenous peoples (i.e. Afrikan, etc). In order for us to exist as a self-governing entity we all must think, know and do everything differently.
Hekalu Ya UKUUNKI, located in Chicago Territory, was created to provide a sacred space to restore an ancient spiritual foundation of knowing the self. The Temple focuses on spiritual awareness and ethical teachings. A true spiritual foundation is comprised of the Seven Principles. Our common goal to expound upon each of the Seven Principles to build on each members strength and energy to exercise ones full potential on Earth.
The Temple embraces the Seven Principles of Nguzo Saba through exercises of self awareness so that we are prepared to promote unity in the family, community and nation.
In addition to quafin being the co-founder of HYU, she has 14 years of community organizing and activist experience in the Indigenous and Afrikan community dealing with restoration from dehumanization and colonization, internationally. In an attempt to access the needs and resources in the Indigenous Afrikan community, she has partnered, collaborated and supported groups dealing with urban farming, civics and law, education, health and culture. She is working toward self-mastery while assisting with the healing necessary for Afrikans and Indigenous communities.
HYU Goals & Objectives for Tolo Star Year 419/420 (2020)
Consult & Connect with ancestors
Connect & create alliances with current tribes, institutions & teachers of Kemetic, Yoruba & 1st Nations spiritual systems & way of life
Be comfortable with resource building
Get property & do spiritual ritual on land
Restructure into a spiritual life & learning society
provide a sacred space to restore an ancient spiritual foundation of knowing the self.
offers self-healing through self-governance study & monthly gatherings