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The AIRF Mission

The mission of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF) is to facilitate the effective transition of African immigrants to American society and to support their productive, sustainable integration into their new homeland. CLICK to Learn More


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Welcome to the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation


front picImmigrants and refugees face a host of cultural and linguistic challenges in their new countries. It's not any different here in the United States. Immigrants have to work extra hard to fit in - and there are never enough individuals or organizations to assist in this complex process.

The African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation was established to help with this process. It assists Africans who come to the United States by supporting their various needs - cultural, linguistic, employment, mental health, and their desire to fit in.

The Foundation achieves this mission through multicultural group and individual counseling, survival skills training, African cultural awareness education, cultural competence training for care givers and the African population itself, referrals and consultation. Contributions from our diverse Board of Directors, donors, staff, the immigrants and refugees themselves, and collaboration with the surrounding community provide us with the shoulders on which we stand.

Our staff possess a combination of rich experience. The skills represented in our organization include psychology, multicultural counseling, communications, advocacy, law, financial education and training, and mentoring, to name a few. AIRF has also forged relationships with other local organizations that have similar missions, so that there can be a mutual sharing of resources whenever necessary.