What is AFEAP?
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 and surrounding areas. Specifically, the EA community we serve includes the local Somali and Ethiopian immigrant populace. The 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.
Action for East African People promotes grassroots advancement and cultivation of the East African Community of Bloomington and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to eliminating barriers to successful integration for new Americans through developing access to health, housing, culture, employment and education.
Action for East African People’s (AFEAP) goal is to empower East African immigrants towards self-sufficiency and integration through culturally responsive initiatives that strengthen and enrich our community. Our vision can only be accomplished through comprehensive initiatives that challenge inequalities in health, housing, employment and education which have been the greatest barriers to self-sufficiency. As a community hub, we strive for the preservation of the languages and traditions of new arrivals which is vital for community growth as well as social and economic empowerment..
AFEAP is dedicated toward mitigating the risk of disease outbreak and drug addiction. There are various barriers currently affecting the East African community that prevent adequate emergency preparedness. We strive to implement community engagement initiatives for health education and disease prevention. Our current areas of focus include:
AFEAP works as an ethnic-based community organization to create a social network within the Bloomington’s East African communities. We operate as a bridge between newcomers and the receiving community to connect immigrants to resources to establish a new life, so that immigrants can contribute to the enrichment of the broader community.