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5.9.14 - African Services was featured in a new CDC report spotlighting our Hepatitis B program.

“[ASC’s] Community education efforts included outreach through mosques serving immigrants from Africa, visits to taxi garages to speak with drivers from West Africa, participating in French language ‘conference-call radio’ shows, and issuing radio public service announcements.” 

Read the full report here.

2.11.14 - Tides Foundation Funding for ASC Ethiopia CDC Features 

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor advised fund managed by Tides Foundation, African Services Committee has received significant additional support for its general operating expenses in 2014, costs which include items such as management staffing, office rent, and  utilities, including much higher heating bills this winter. These are costs to which many of our government grants don’t contribute their proportionate share, so surprise assistance from  this donor through Tides is especially  welcome.

 

10.2.13 - ASC Launches Active Living Poster Campaign

The African Services Nutrition Department has been working hard to develop materials that reach out to the African and Caribbean immigrant community as part of our Active Living Initiative (ALI). From exercise classes to healthy cooking seminars, they have been educating the community on how to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Check out their new promotional materials. These beautiful materials were created thanks to the generous support and creativity of Roselyn Hyde (Design), Devin Madden (Photos), Cherelle Rozie (Nutrition Intern) and under the guidance of Melissa Ip, our Food Pantry and Nutrition Program Manager.

The Active Living Initiative at African Services Committee is a part of a citywide initiative, The Partnership for a Healthier New York City, funded through a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) received by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai is the borough lead organization for the Partnership in Manhattan. Please visit and learn more at www.HealthierNYC.org.

 

9.25.13 - ASC Produces HIV Testing Video

 

In the African and Caribbean immigrant community, there are countless barriers to testing, treatment and care related to HIV and AIDS. African Services has recognized these barriers and challenges, and for many years has been working to educate the population and reduce HIV stigma -- around the disease itself and testing. The Office of Minority Health recognized these circumstances, and in 2012 ASC applied for a small grant to aid in the completion of a HIV testing video.

Watch our video and let us know what you think! For a larger version, click here.

 

7.29.13 - ASC Talks to Zeno Radio

Communications Director, Stephanie Kaplan, chats with Zeno Radio about the history of the agency here in New York and in Ethiopia. To listen to the interview click here.

 

5.28.13 - ABC 7's "Here and Now" - Immigration Report

ABC 7's Sandra Bookman talks to ASC Staff Attorney, Olubunmi Segun, and Policy Advocate, Bakary Tandia about the impending immigration reform legislation.

 
 

A Hand To Serve - ASC Ethiopia Special Seattle Event

African Services Committee couldn’t have felt more welcome during a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. Wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of all the new and old friends of ASC that turned out to Seattle’s Yesler’s Community Center on Oct. 22 to help raise critical financial support for ASC Ethiopia's Pediatric and Family HIV Program. The fun-filled family event featured delicious Ethiopian white honey for sale from ASC Ethiopia's honey project, as well as some spectacular artwork and photography for auction. 

African Services Committee founder and co-executive director Asfaha Hadera spoke to an audience young and old about the grassroots work ASC has been doing for more than a decade in Ethiopia.  

Read more: A Hand To Serve - ASC Ethiopia Special Seattle Event

EBOLA & IMMIGRATION: Free Legal Info Session & Health Screening

In partnership with the Staten Island Community Association (SILCA), African Services Committee’s Superstorm Sandy Grant Team will be conducting a free Ebola & Immigration legal information session as well as health screening.

Read more: EBOLA & IMMIGRATION: Free Legal Info Session & Health Screening

Legal Information on Ebola-Related TPS

On Dec. 17, 2014 African Services Committee's legal team held a Legal Information Session for anyone interested in learning more about TPS, immigration and Ebola. ASC attorneys answered questions and explained what TPS grants and what it does not grant. For example, TPS is not a path to a green card. TPS is not a path to citizenship. The status is temporary in nature. ASC attorneys explained the fees involved in applying, which are roughly the cost of a work permit, plus a biometrics services fee. The session also explained the fee waiver process. The session took place at 6 pm at African Services Committee's fourth floor conference room at 429 West 127th Street in Harlem and was followed by a "community conversation on Ebola," facilitated by Dr. Yinka M. Akinsulure-Smith.

Click here to view and download the TPS Checklist in English and here for the French version.

 

Read more: Legal Information on Ebola-Related TPS

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