Our journey

Adama Sawadogo

Our journey

Welcome to the heartwarming journey of African Immigrant Family Services (AIFS), a beacon of hope founded in 2019 by a remarkable individual, Adama Sawadogo. African Immigrant Family Services (AIFS) is a 501C3 non profit culturally sensitive community organization dedicated to empowering all underserved populations, focusing on African immigrant and refugee families.

AIFS is not just an organization; it’s a testament to the power of resilience, compassion, and the unwavering spirit of community.

Adama, a young African immigrant, embarking on a journey to a new land filled with dreams and aspirations. Yet, his path was riddled with challenges. He sought employment, desperately needed healthcare for his ailing one-year-old child, and navigated a world where language was a barrier. Adama’s quest for essential services led him to seek help from strangers who could bridge the linguistic gap.

In the face of adversity, Adama’s determination soared. He knew he couldn’t be the only one facing these hurdles. With boundless empathy, Adama and his family opened their hearts, and their home to five other families who, like them, were newcomers grappling with integration challenges.

Adama became a lifeline for these families, tirelessly assisting them with their daily needs – housing, transportation, health insurance, and nourishment. His selflessness ignited a vision to establish an organization that could provide culturally sensitive, linguistically appropriate care in critical areas such as employment, health, and social services, especially for the children and youth in the immigrant and refugee communities.

This vision was more than a dream; it was a calling. Adama, drawing from his background as a social worker, collaborated with Nebraska’s community organizations to shape his dream into reality. In 2019, African Immigrant Family Services (AIFS) was born.

But the story doesn’t end there. Adama’s journey was marked by sacrifices. Before receiving donations, AIFS operated on Adama’s resources. His home served as the organization’s makeshift headquarters, and his vehicle was the lifeline for those in need. Adama was on-call day and night, ensuring that African immigrants and refugees had the essentials to survive. He helped them navigate the complexities of public assistance, ensuring access to crucial programs like Medicaid, Food Stamps, and WIC. He ensured children had a path to education, enrolling them in schools, and guiding their parents through the process.

As the community’s needs grew, so did AIFS. The organization’s impact rippled across Nebraska’s immigrant and refugee communities, providing much-needed support and resources.

Today, African Immigrant Family Services stands as a testament to one man’s indomitable spirit and the collective power of a community united by compassion. Join us in celebrating Adama’s journey, as AIFS continues to grow and make a profound difference in the lives of those it serves, lighting the way towards a brighter future for all.

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