Refugees from Africa form up to 35% of the entire Refugee population that are admitted into Albuquerque yearly. 85% of this population are children and young people in their twenties who speak Swahili and other African languages, but are not literate in English language.
This population are hardly able to advocate for themselves because they lack the knowledge of the language and culture of their host country. Our services complement those of resettling agencies such as Lutheran Family, aswe advocate for this population. We receive food, wears, toys, school materials, etc. and donate them to these families as their need arise. We help in job connection for those of them that are eligible to work. We organize programs targeted at the total inclusion of this population in the community they belong.
We are a research-based organization, we study the African Refugee population in the State of New Mexico. We seek to break the linguistic and cultural barriers they face in their 'new home', and so we facilitate linguistic literacy program for this population.
We equally study the Young Men of Color (YMOC) in the International District of Albuquerque focusing on their economic empowerment. We provide STEM-H program plus Public Speaking training.
We present conference papers targeted at policy change in favor of the underprivileged population in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are concerned with the high crime rate in our community, and we want contribute to make our community a better place.