Learning from Real Life: Refugees Speak with 9th Graders about Overcoming Hardships

September 30th, 2014

By Roni Breite, Solana Beach, CA. The two Congolese women walked into a classroom full of neatly dressed fourteen year olds in crisp khaki uniforms at Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach. They were only four and eight years older than the students, but their lives were a world apart. That’s exactly why 9th […]

World Refugee Day Breakfast Celebration!

May 21st, 2014

World Refugee Day Come celebrate refugee communities during our 13th annual World Refugee Day breakfast! We invite you to join the Alliance for African Assistance and the   Alliance Health Clinic in celebrating international World Refugee Day during our 13th annual World Refugee Day breakfast! The event will be held at La Jolla Presbyterian Church […]

Susan Polis Shutz’s documentary features representatives of the Alliance for African Assistance

April 8th, 2013

  Public Television Screening of: “Seeds of Resiliency” Susan Polis Shutz’s documentary that features 4 representatives of the Alliance for African Assistance. April 1st and April 14th KPBS will air “Seeds” at 11:00pm on April 1st and at 2:00pm on April 14th.  SEEDS OF RESILIENCY TV Showings – DOWNLOAD NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE About the Film “Seeds […]

Micro Enterprise Child Care Program

January 10th, 2013

MICRO-ENTERPRISE CHILD CARE PROGRAM Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Micro-Enterprise Child Care Program will teach refugee women about state and federal child care laws, regulations and licensing requirements and about American cultural norms concerning child care and child development. Family Child Care is a positive way to impact the community by providing […]

A Nomad No Longer: From fleeing the forest to owning a home

December 12th, 2012

The Alliance for African Assistance’s Individual Development Accounts (IDA) program helps clients match their savings for a particular goal. The excitement in this programs stems from the results, namely clients starting their own businesses, furthering their education, and even buying their first homes. Becky Odyek, the Economic Development Coordinator is paramount in the success of […]

Ice Dream Truck

August 20th, 2012

For many of our clients, resettling in the U.S. often translates to completely starting over, regardless of education or age. Muayad and Alomar, a married couple from Iraq, worked hard in their youth to feel secure in their careers as a Civil Engineer and Arabic teacher. After fleeing their home with their 2 daughters they […]

One Stitch at a Time

July 26th, 2012

The world of a refugee seems unfathomable to most and dumbfounding to the rest, yet, refugees prove every day that their resilience and strength of will are an unstoppable force that propels their lives from the chaos of abandoning their ancestral homes to the astounding successes they and their children find in America. Refugees from […]

Starting Over, a client’s story

July 10th, 2012

For many For many individuals of modest financial means, whether United States’ natives or recent refugees to the country, Individual Development Accounts (IDA) provides needed economic opportunity. IDA savings programs allow low-income families to continually fund financial savings accounts towards a specific objective – ranging from the founding of small businesses to the down payment […]

Rainbow Welcome Initiative

May 21st, 2012

The Alliance is Proud to offer LGBT Refugee and Asylee Services to the San Diego Community! Most LGBT refugees and asylees have experienced terrible violence and arrive with an array of medical,       mental health, economic and social problems associated with the violence they have experienced in their      home communities and in their own families. Read […]

Cornerstone Youth Program

May 21st, 2012

The Alliance for African Assistance is pleased to announce the beginning of our refugee youth program! Cornerstone is a place for youth of all ages to connect with one another, bridge cultural gaps, and have a blast!