On September 23, 1964 the volleyball association Harambee was founded. The association was born out of an initiative by students and staff of the former "Technische Hogeschool Twente" (THT). Upon establishment of the association had about 20 student members. Since the THT offered only technical studies in the beginning, there were hardly any female students present at that time. The association, named volleyball THT, therefore begun with two men's teams consisting of students and one men's and one lady's team consisting of employees of the THT. The association played, like the other sports associations that were established along with the volleyball club, in a green shirt with white shorts. The letters THT were stitched in white on the shirts. With the increasing number of students at the THT and the expansion of non-technical disciplines, also the number of women on the THT´╗┐ increased. Hence also lady's student teams were formed. The distinction between staff teams and student teams disappeared completely in 1971, which had happened before in the men's teams.

At the General Assembly of November 11, 1969 it was decided that the association would be called Harambee from that day on. Many will wonder what is the origin of this name. During the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the THT in 1966 the Rector Magnificus of the THT used this phrase with which he wanted to encourage the staff and students to develop the THT even further. One of the players of Harambee Ladies 1 remembered the phrase and used it for several years as yell. When the association organized a name contest in 1969, it was decided that this phrase would be the name of the association.

In 1973 it was decided that the dull green colors belonged to the past and that Harambee would play in the famous purple and orange from that day on. Since this year Harambee almost always played in these colors: first in full purple shirt and orange shorts, more recently in today's more modern variant of the shirt.