AFRICOM Philly gives the following descriptive information:
AFRICOM’s vision is to build a strong and inclusive African and Caribbean immigrant and refugee community with all the nationalities.
AFRICOM’s mission is to empower the African and Caribbean communities by facilitating their integration into the social and economic fabric in the Greater Philadelphia area.
AFRICOM seeks to achieve this mission by:
- facilitating family access to health and social services, with special focus on women, children and the youth;
- promoting economic development;
- facilitating resolution of inter and intra-group conflicts;
- advocating on issues of concern to African communities; and
- educating the media and broader public on African cultures and experiences.
Programs and Services:
- Health and Social Services
- AFRICOM Leadership Training Institute
- Immigration, Citizenship and Legal Assistance
- Economic and Business Development
- Housing / Building
- Conflict Resolution
- Policy Advocacy
- Needs Assessment
In summer 2000, a town hall meeting took place at the Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania. The attendees welcomed the idea of AFRICOM, set up working committees to draft the by-laws, the mission, and the vision of the organization and recruit more organizations. In May 2001, fifteen associations - representing Pan-African groups and nationalities from, Eritrea, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Sudan, and Zimbabwe - founded the Coalition of African Communities - Philadelphia (AFRICOM). The launching ceremony took place at the Balch Institute, which is now The Historical Society of Philadelphia. Since its creation, AFRICOM has inspired and collaborated with numerous organizations and services. AFRICOM’s presence and work was the bedrock of the creation of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrants’ Affairs.
AFRICOM is a member of several immigration coalitions groups, which have successfully campaigned for immigrants’ rights and dignity.