Ujimaa medics teach passers-by how to treat gunshot wounds through urban emergency first response training

CHICAGO– Ujimaa Medics is a community-based organization that provides first aid training for urban emergencies throughout Chicago.

Founded by Amika Tendaji and Martine Caveryl, Ujimaa Medics is committed to saving lives affected by gun violence, particularly in south and west Chicago, by sharing their first aid knowledge and training with these communities.

“There’s all this power that exists between the people that are right there, we need a community response,” Caveryl said.

The first Ujimaa Medics workshop took place in the fall of 2014 after the Tendaji and Caveryl community lost another young person to a senseless shooting. Determined to make a difference, they developed workshops to share the courage and knowledge needed to save lives in seemingly helpless moments.

“People have first aid supplies in their wallets, they have them in their diaper bags, they have them in their purses. Bystanders have first aid supplies. You don’t look at it and see first aid material, but you can actually use it. So that was the approach we took at the beginning,” Caveryl said.

The name “Ujimaa Medics” derives from the Kiswahili term “ujima” which means collective work and responsibility. The Founders say that this ideal is at the core of everything Ujimaa Medics teaches.

“Because of the mass shootings, the drive-by shootings, we lost our children to gun violence and we were here to save lives,” said Carolyn Jackson, CEO and founder of SPARK, a partner organization of Ujimaa Medics.

Ujimma guides people through almost all elements of a crisis, from the initial response to what to do once police and paramedics arrive on the scene. They have conducted over 100 workshops and trained over 1,000 people on how to respond in these situations.

“I don’t know that we are a solution to gun violence. I know we’re a solution for communities that need to build energy, that’s what I know,” Caveryl said.

For more information, visit their website: www.umedics.org

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