Action for East African People

Addressing the needs of East African communities worldwide.
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Minnesota Programs & Services

Medical care and social services in Bloomington and Burnsville, Minnesota.

Action Care Community Clinic and Dental

High quality, culturally competent and comprehensive primary, dental and mental health care.

Action Care Healing and Wellness Center

A center for relaxation and wellness featuring chiropractic care, massage therapy, mental health care and more.

International Development

We’re opening project operations in Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti.


A bridge between newcomers and the receiving community.

Action for East African People (AFEAP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit promoting the grassroots advancement and cultivation of the East African (EA) community. AFEAP’s vision is to empower East Africans through culturally responsive and comprehensive initiatives that challenge inequalities in health, housing and education. In Minnesota, the EA community we serve includes the local Somali and Ethiopian immigrant populace.  In 2020 we opened two health centers that feature integrative health care and social services in Bloomington and Burnsville, Minnesota.

Taking Action in East Africa & Minnesota

Empowering Girls and Women

Centering women’s health, access to education and economic development. Skills training and self defense/care for girls and women.

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. We are developing a variety of essential partnerships to eliminate barriers to survival and self-sufficiency.

Economic Development

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.

What are the challenges?

Minnesota is home to one of the the largest populations of East African immigrants. East Africans came to the United States as a result of a civil war, armed conflicts and drought in their home countries. They make significant contributions to the economy but face challenges being new to the country and having to navigate cultural and social systems that are marginalizing.

Language Barriers

Many East African immigrants require translators and interpreters in order to navigate an array of social systems. AFEAP has mobilized volunteers and employees to serve this need.

Access to Employment

Families may need assistance in gaining employment through help with resumes, applications, and communicating with employers. AFEAP advocates work to eliminate a wide range of barriers to self-sufficiency.

Access to Healthcare, Dental and Mental Health

There is a great need for assistance in obtaining health insurance, access to quality care and health education. There is also a cultural stigma surrounding mental health care and special needs care that AFEAP aims to break through.

Access to Rental Assistance and Home Ownership

There is a consistent need for help when it comes to applying for rental assistance programs and securing housing. Furthermore, there are challenges that make it harder to acquire home ownership. AFEAP provides assistance with credit building and has partnered with Dimespeak to help eliminate barriers to home ownership.

Food Insecurity

As a newcomer to the country or a low-income resident, food insecurity can remain an ever present challenge. AFEAP provides free food delivery and pick-up to address this need in the surrounding suburbs.

Lack of Centralized Services

AFEAP was created to address the lack of centralized services for East African immigrants and low-income populace in the suburbs. We must holistically address each person with a personalized approach in order to eliminate all barriers to navigating the present cultural and social systems.

Ayan Abukar

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.


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