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African Services Committee Update
African Union Ambassador to the U.S.:
The sleeping giant is rising!
We were honored to host African Union Permanent Representative to the United States of America Ambassador, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao for her "Meet and Greet" event at our Harlem headquarters on Saturday, May 18.

“The sleeping giant is rising… Africa is ready for its children. The question is: ‘Are its children ready for Africa?’ I hope you realize the clarion call that is coming from Mother Africa. I want all of you in the African Diaspora to know that you all have a very important role to play on the continent of Africa,” said Ambassador Dr. Chihombori-Quao.
“Realize that Africa is your home, your anchor. You must reconnect with your anchor. Africa must speak in one voice.”

Special thanks also goes out to spectacular speakers Mimi Plange, Dr. Drissa Kone, Thomas A. Isekenegbe, and Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely as well as our friends at African Life Center for co-hosting and MCing and to master kora player, Yacouba Diabate.

If you missed the Ambassador’s powerful speech at ASC over the weekend, check out the full video of the event here and Africa In Harlem's great coverage of the event here .
Join us: 'An Evening with Ladan Osman' 
The Acclaimed Somali Poet Reads from Her Latest Work 'Exiles of Eden'
The Exhibition  Noiseless
by Ethiopian Artist Elias Sime
Will Be on View

Wednesday, June 12
6:30 to 8pm

533 West 26 Street
New York, NY 10001

Free |  Suggested donation  benefits African Services Committee

Image © Kirsten Miccoli 
“True visionary poets are very rare. Ladan Osman is one. What she sees is extraordinary, and needful.”

–Brigit Pegeen Kelly
ASC Ethiopia
Bustling day at ASC Ethiopia’s Health and Community Development Center in Ziwey. Since 2010 ASC’s Ziwey center has been providing free counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS, CD4 testing, vitamins, thanks to  V itamin Angels, nutrition parcels, HIV prevention outreach and education, and new shoes, thanks to TOMS Shoes.
Our three Ethiopia health and community development centers serve patients who are impacted by climate disaster, human rights abuses, war and ethnic persecution, famine, and diseases of poverty. These programs are a true community-based response to community need, and support is needed now more than ever to keep our Ethiopia clinics open.

Please make a donation today.
Maternal Infant Health and Family Planning Workshops at ASC
In addition to offering free testing for HIV, viral hepatitis, blood glucose, blood pressure, TB, and STIs to walk-in clients throughout the week at ASC’s testing center, ASC’s Testing Center team is busy holding monthly maternal and infant health and family planning workshops. The workshops are free and in French and English.

Learn more about upcoming workshops by contacting Adama at (646) 209-4740 or email Halimatou at halimatouk@africanservices.org
ASC’s Pro Bono Legal Program Addresses Flood of Newcomers Seeking Immigration Legal Services
African Services Committee’s Pro Bono Legal Program helps boost ASC’s capacity to represent immigrants coming to our doors seeking immigration legal services. Private pro bono partners contributed nearly 2000 hours and more than a dozen volunteer attorneys contributed more than 4000 hours of time in 2018 — handling several asylum and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases.
“It is an amazing and substantial amount of work and everyone benefits from our Pro Bono program: Young associates get to go to the asylum office and develop their trial and litigation skills, our clients benefit from being represented, and ASC benefits by being able to serve more people," says ASC Senior Immigration Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator Aminat Sabak.

Learn more about participating in our Pro Bono Program here and check out a video here to hear ASC/ ICLC Pro Bono Attorneys talk about their experience in the program.
ASC's Navigation to Care
Navigating the health care system can be daunting for anyone and for those recently arriving to the U.S., not familiar with the health care system, perhaps speaking little or no English — the challenge can seem insurmountable. African Services Committee’s multilingual patient navigators provide an integral part of ASC’s Testing Center in Harlem by helping clients enroll in affordable health care in NYC public hospitals and providing hospital escort and medical interpretation. 

Once a week, African Services hosts a health orientation, which aims to familiarize immigrants in need of care with their health rights and the public services available to them. Visit  www.africanservices.org  or call 212.222.3882 to learn more.
Free ​Dance Fitness Classes at ASC Twice a Week
ASC's Harlem HQ is currently hosting two Shape Up NYC​ classes: Old School R&B Dance Fitness and Dance for Life. All welcome. FREE. 

  • Old School R&B Dance Fitness class continues on Mondays at 6pm. 
  • Dance for Life takes place every Wednesday at 5:30pm.

Click here for more info.
English as a Second Language Program
ASC’s English as a Second Language program provides free, tailored language and literacy lessons to help immigrants communicate and build opportunity for themselves and their families. ESOL instructors and volunteer tutors teach an average of a dozen students of all nationalities, in each of three class levels, languages and academic backgrounds twice a week.

Currently, classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. To register, come to African Services during those times and speak with an ESL coordinator to be evaluated and placed in the correct level learning group.
For more information and to learn about volunteering as an ESL instructor please call (212) 222-3882 or email  Andrew Greene , TESOL Coordinator, here .
ASC's dedicated staff will continue to fight for our clients. We need you to join the fight, too, by