ACTION FOR EAST AFRICAN PEOPLE
A bridge between newcomers and the receiving community.
Action for East African People (AFEAP) is a local 501c3 nonprofit promoting the grassroots advancement and cultivation of the East African (EA) community in Bloomington, Minnesota and surrounding areas. Specifically, the EA community we serve includes the local Somali and Ethiopian immigrant populace. AFEAP’s vision is to empower immigrants towards self-sufficiency and integration through culturally responsive and comprehensive initiatives that challenge inequalities in health, housing and education.
Empowering Girls and Women
Centering women’s health, access to education and economic development. Skills training and self defense/care for girls and women. Prioritizing the needs of East African immigrant women locally.
Increasing Access to Food, Housing, Healthcare, Education and Resources
Addressing the needs of the local immigrant population in Minnesota as well as globally in East Africa. AFEAP has developed a variety of essential partnerships to eliminate barriers to survival and self-sufficiency. We’ve opened comprehensive and accessible health centers in Bloomington and Burnsville, Minnesota.
Job creation, micro-lending, childcare and homelessness programs in East African regions. Assisting immigrants in Minnesota with gainful employment, housing assistance and access to childcare.
AFEAP Executive Director
Ayan Abukar has worked for decades to help underserved communities in the Twin Cities. Ayan is a compassionate woman. She had been seriously affected when she was young, living in the refugee camps of Ethiopia where she began her work with the community. Ayan was among the first East African groups to immigrate to the United States. In 1998, she began building a life in Minnesota and continued to work in the realm of community service, where she now serves as the Executive Director of Action for East African People.