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 services.

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.


AJAPO's 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 strengthen families.


AJAPO’s programs, services, and day-to-day work in the community are guided by the following values:

  • Family-Centered
  • Community Strengths
  • Education
  • Mutual Respect & Dignity

Population Served

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 benefactors.

2900 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219