AJAPO is a Refugee Resettlement Non-Profit Agency affiliated to the Ethiopian Community Development Council and funded through the Department of State under the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
As their first point of contact in the United States, refugees received through AJAPO to Pittsburgh, are provided with a myriad of services to ease their resettlement. These include housing, cultural orientation, medical, transportation, employment, school enrollment, child care, government IDs and a continuum of social services coordination up to five years after their arrival in the United States.
The Mission of AJAPO is to
provide a continuum of care which empowers refugees and immigrants residing in
the Greater Pittsburgh communities and Allegheny County to become
self-sufficient and better integrated into our communities.
Since inception in 2001, AJAPO
has successfully implemented service coordination programs for
refugees/immigrants through provision of trainings for acculturation, life
skills, leadership/conflict resolution skills, counseling, support and referrals
for access to education, housing, medical, welfare benefits, and legal
In addition, AJAPO provides
interpretation and cultural competency services to improve relationships
between clients and other service providers. Annually, AJAPO serves up to 300 people.
vision is to build--together with consumers--an amazing and self-sufficient
African/Caribbean community that contributes economically, socially, and
spiritually to the civic life of Greater Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, while
sustaining those aspects of their own traditional values and culture that
programs, services, and day-to-day work in the community are guided by the
Respect & Dignity
AJAPO serves refugees from the following nations: Benin,
Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Congo,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia,
Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra-Leone, Somalia,
Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Donors and Sponsors
AJAPO is funded by the Department of State, Bureau of
Population, Refugees and Migration
through the Ethiopian Community Development Council, the PA State Office of
Refugee Services, Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services, Program to Aid
Citizens' Enterprise (PACE), McAuley
Ministries of the Sisters of Mercy, City of Pittsburgh, The Adele N. &
Thomas F. Keaney Foundation, the POISE Foundation, Catholic Legal Immigration
Network, Inc., and numerous other friends and individuals who are our
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219