Action Africa’s corporate offices are located in Washington DC. Since our establishment in 2000, there have been program outreach and support initiatives toward Africa immigrants and refugees in the region. These programs go beyond the African populations to reach many others in the region and beyond. There are programs targeting children and families throughout the year. Action Africa’s partnership initiatives with World Vision-USA is a great step toward expanding our mission in support of children and youth in the region.
From the very beginning of this organization, as part of our commitment to the citizens of this city that hosts our office, as well as those in surrounding counties, we initiated programs that addressed certain neighborhood needs. We discovered that many newly arrived African immigrants in the area do not even know how to begin sorting things out unless they have immediate family members already living in the area. Typically, Africans are not quick in expressing personal and family needs, including hunger and serious medical needs. It is even harder for them to show up at public locations, to fill out forms, and tell their stories. Many immigrant children have suffered so much due to this social and cultural baggage. We stepped forward in these matters. In partnership with World Vision, our local programs began to pay greater attention to the needs of children and young people. We also partnered with some local church communities. Monthly supplies of educational and household goods received as gifts-in-kind from World Vision and other sources go toward our local outreach programs. Food and nutritional supplies have also been received and distributed. Consequently, Action Africa provided the following support to newly arrived immigrants from Africa:
- A hospitality program to assist immigrant families
- An educational support program that provide books and study materials
- A food and nutrition program that responds to new immigrant family needs
- A cultural awareness program that promotes awareness and respect for one’s heritage as well as people of other ethnic origins
- A job preparation and referral program, including support outreach to immigrants who decide to return to homelands to take up leadership positions among their people.
- A capacity building program to assist small immigrant associations form themselves as viable corporations.