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We love the communities we serve.

Immigrant and refugee women and their families face unique challenges in their adopted home. We work directly with our African community to  improve access to health, education, safety & independence while celebrating diversity and engaging leaders.

Our mission is to provide the skills necessary for refugee & immigrant women and their children in Washington state to reach their highest potential.

Our organizational pillars

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Cultivate Leaders

We build leadership by supporting women as they engage in outreach, language interpretation, and career development with their peers.

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Engage in Advocacy

We advocate for our communities system-wide by representing them with government, funders, and decision-makers. We also advocate for culturally responsive services with our partner agencies on behalf of our clients.

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Build capacity

We build capacity directly with community members to navigate systems and thrive. We help small community-based organizations to secure resources and develop for maximum impact. 

Celebrate Diversity

We unite people from a variety of cultural, religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds through common experience, shared values, and vibrant, engaging events that celebrate African culture.

It all started when…

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During years spent working in diverse communities internationally and locally, Risho Sapano (Founder & President) saw a consistent need for African women to have a voice and a seat at the table. Risho knew that African refugees & immigrants could be more than just the recipients of services: They can contribute to their community's success while changing the narrative and their status quo. She founded Mother Africa over a decade ago to begin supporting that shift.

 

Mother Africa focuses on innovative, community-led approaches to helping women and their families on the path to their highest potential. Since 2013, we have listened to the needs of our community through direct outreach and grassroots programming. We partnered with local community-based organizations, governments, and funders to extend a strong web of resources and deliver them in an equitable, culturally-sensitive way. Mother Africa is deeply embedded within our communities, finding ways to answer the call for a safety net and a ladder to economic independence.

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Board of Directors

 
 Risho Sapano, Founder

Risho Sapano, Founder

 Fatima Mohammed, President

Fatima Mohammed, President

 Eva Conner, Vice President

Eva Conner, Vice President

 Faten Rashid, Secretary

Faten Rashid, Secretary

 Colleen Fulp

Colleen Fulp

 
 
 Katy Spada, Treasurer

Katy Spada, Treasurer

 Fidelie Nawej Mukomena

Fidelie Nawej Mukomena

 Millicent Borishade

Millicent Borishade

 Deborah Lumba

Deborah Lumba

 Julia Nicklas

Julia Nicklas

 Mizan Rahman

Mizan Rahman