Education in Uganda

September 23rd, 2015

The Republic of Uganda is one of many African nations struggling create a stable and effective education system. With a population of over 30 million people, nearly 7 million are between the ages of 15-24. Ugandan youth play a predominant role in the prosperity of the country; however, many youth lack the ability to attend […]


July 27th, 2015

Unearthing eclectic treasures and paying almost nothing for them is one of the most gratifying thrills of thrifting. Safari Seconds, the non-profit thrift store operated by Alliance for African Assistance, is a treasure trove for avid bargain hunters, but it also serves the important role of furnishing homes and providing weather-appropriate clothing for new refugees […]

More than just paper…

May 28th, 2015

Though these may look just like beads to the naked eye, they are much more than just that. These beads were not created on an assembly line, nor were they created by a machine making thousands of the same piece repetitively to be attached  in identical order to produce one million necklaces to be sold to department […]

IDA Program Helps Family Start Business

April 23rd, 2015

By Kellie Ferguson San Diego, CA.  The Individual Development Accounts (IDA) program at the Alliance for African Assistance helps refugees to become financially self-sufficient. The program is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services through the Alliance’s Refugee Resettlement Office. It sets up an account for a client where they can save for the following asset […]

Donated Prosthetics Give Refugee New Lease on Life

February 27th, 2015

By: Kellie Ferguson San Diego, CA Few connections lead to the life changing impact Paul Devermann and his family have had upon Mohammed Alithawi and his family. Every Christmas over the past 15 years, the Devermann family seeks to give back to their community by helping others. “When our kids were very young, my wife […]

Alliance Serves the Community Through Tax Assistance

January 21st, 2015

By: Kellie Ferguson, San Diego, CA From February through April, the Alliance is offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a service that provides free tax assistance to those whose total yearly income is less than $53,000. Appointments are available for those who qualify where taxpayers can meet with a volunteer who has been trained by […]

Harris’ Journey: From War Zone in Kabul to New Home in the US

December 5th, 2014

By Roni Breite, San Diego, CA.   Harris is the go-to guy. I’ve noticed that during my year as a volunteer with the Alliance for African Assistance where Harris works. Computer or technical problems? Ask Harris. Need a last-minute interpreter? Ask Harris, he speaks four languages. He’s effective and always willing to help. Harris Siddiqui, […]

Alliance Hosts Utility and Phone Bill Advocacy Event

October 27th, 2014

  Next month the Alliance will host utility and phone bill advocacy events called Bill Clinics. The Bill Clinics will occur every Wednesday in November (November 5, 12, and 26 from 1-5 pm and November 19 from 3-7 pm). The events will be held at the Alliance El Cajon Blvd. office. They are open to […]

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 […]