While all refugees face serious challenges during resettlement, African women are especially vulnerable and at risk. Many are single mothers with several children. They have lost their husbands, sons, brothers and fathers to the ravages of war and now must assume the position that in their traditional cultures was held by men. Most are ill prepared for this role, and the absence of a supportive partner creates enormous stress and fear.
To mobilize, advocate and empower African Women living in Oregon and Southwest Washington by providing a culturally supportive and nurturing environment that builds the capacity of the community to help itself and allows other members of the community to reach their highest potential through support, guidance and educational opportunities.