African Women and Development

At A Glance

Contact: 

Esther Kilubu

Location: 

Portland, Maine

Primary Issue Area:

  • Living Economies
  • Food

Active since:

2017

Tax Status:

501(c)(3)

Core volunteers:

25

Community Size:

67,000

Our Purpose

Our mission is to support New Mainers with basic needs (food, transportation, housing/shelter, and safety), life and work skills, and leadership training to help stabilize families and improve productivity, peer connectivity, and quality of life.Through our programs we aim to build an inclusive and supportive environment for individuals to thrive and overcome challenges as they start their new lives in Maine. Our sewing classes help women practice their English language skills while learning a valuable skill and connecting with the community. Furthermore, the cooking classes bring together young refugees from diverse culture and teaches them an essential skill to help them become more independent. The meals-to-adults program provides delicious homemade meals to those in need. And last but not least, our leadership training provides the necessary skills and confidence to manage immigrants’ new lives in Maine and prepares them for success.