Developmental Screening and Referral Pilot Project

We are proud to be a Best Starts for Kids grant recipient, and to partner with First Five Years & Beyond on early childhood developmental screenings to benefit our community!

The findings from these year-long pilot projects will inform the King County Universal Developmental Screening Strategic Plan and implementation of future universal developmental screening and referral strategies. Other grantees include Bella’s Creative Learning Center, Childhaven, CISC, HopeCentral - Pediatrics and Behavioral Health, Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Somali Health Board, United Indians of All Tribes Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center and Voices Of Tomorrow.

Best Starts for Kids builds on the strengths of communities and families so that more babies are born healthy, more children thrive and establish a strong foundation for life, and more young people grow into thriving members of their community.

Mother Africa Receives Giving Project Award – Seattle Foundation and UW Evans School of Public Affairs

In early 2014, Mother Africa was identified by the Seattle Foundation as one of four community based organizations to participate in their annual Giving Project, which is a collaboration with the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. Evans School students interviewed members of all 4 community based organizations to evaluate a grant proposal submitted by each organization.  Criteria included feasibility, connection to and representation by the communities served, impact, and vision. Mother Africa was selected as the full recipient of this grant process!

The 5k funding received from a private donor is being used to hire a consultant for strategic planning, the development of marketing materials, and seed funding for the communities participating in the women’s group project.

Uber Community Impact Initiative - Mother Africa Selected

Program will support increased economic opportunity and overcoming transportation mobility barriers

KENT (November 7, 2017) — Today it was announced that Mother Africa was selected to participate in the Uber PNW Community Impact Initiative.

“This grant will have a huge impact in our community. We are extremely excited about it.’ –Risho Sapano, Mother Africa’s Executive Director

Uber is partnering with Mother Africa to support increased economic empowerment through providing scholarships to driving school, and Uber ride credits to reduce transportation mobility barriers.

“In the communities where we do business, we  use our technology and resources to support organizations that are making meaningful, positive impact,” said Brooke Steger, General Manager for Uber in the Pacific Northwest. “Mother Africa is one of those organizations, so we’re proud to be supporting their great work.”

Each year, Uber teams up with nonprofits, social enterprises, and educational institutions across the region to support social, economic, and environmental causes that align with one or more impact areas: mobility, opportunity, safety, and efficiency.

Mother Africa is just one of 40+ local organizations that was selected to participate. For 2018, programmatic and philanthropic contributions in the PNW will total more than $500,000.

Other organizations interested in participating in the Community Impact Initiative can learn more at

New Solutions Grant — United Way King County

Through our pilot project funded by the Seattle Foundation Neighbor to Neighbor grant, strong evidence shows a call for a physical presence (office) and walk-in capability in order for Mother Africa to best serve its communities. Evidence also shows that the ability to come to Mother Africa for information and to receive referrals to available resources and service providers is a high priority in our communities. Communities surveyed in the pilot project include:

  • Kenyans
  • Ugandans
  • Eritreans
  • Somalians,
  • Somali
  • Bantu
  • Gambians and
  • Congolese, all residing in South King County (SKC).

Mother Africa’s office funded by UNKC New Solutions Grant meets these needs by providing a hub for African refugee and immigrant community leaders to meet, exchange information and exchange resources while developing leadership skills and explore ways to organize their respective communities and increase collaborations among them. Mother Africa utilizes our office space to organize trainings designed to the specific needs of our community partners as well as offer capacity building support for our communities to formally organize.

This funding allows us to work toward two key priorities:

  1. Increase organizational capacity-  have a physical presence in the community with an office and part time staff person
  2. Increase community capacity- support local African community organizations to formally organize, offering leadership building activities and conducting community outreach