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.
We here at African Services stands in solidarity with the Ethiopian community who were out in force outside the United Nations in what was a global day of action to protest Saudi Arabia's treatment of Ethiopian migrant workers in the kingdom.
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.
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.