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Who we are

«Our purpose is clear, our passion unwavering,

and our impact immeasurable.»

Our mission

To uplift refugees, immigrants, and the most vulnerable among us. We strive to help them become self-sufficient, thriving community members.

Founded in 1989 by Walter Lam, a refugee himself, the Alliance for African Assistance began its journey in San Diego. We've been unwavering in our commitment to supporting refugees in their resettlement.


For over three decades, we've reached out to refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, and those in need worldwide. We focus on providing social, cultural, and educational assistance, including housing, health screenings, education, language classes, and job training.

As an affiliate of the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) we've successfully resettled 14700 refugees from various countries. But we don't do this alone. We work with a network of dedicated partners, including the UNHCR and fate based institutions, foundations, organizations and coorporations.

We work with a large number of partners to maximize our impact.

Partners include

  • Amnesty International

  • City of San Diego

  • Claremont Covenant Church

  • County of San Diego

  • Ethiopian Community Development Council. Inc. (ECDC)

  • Faith Presbyterian Church

  • Fletcher Hill Presbyterian Church

  • Haines Solar Cookers

  • La Jolla Presbyterian Church

  • Las Patronas

  • Parker Foundation

  • Presbytery of San Diego

  • Rancho Bernardo Village Presbyterian Church

  • San Diego Foundation

  • Shadow Mountain Community Church

  • Solana Beach Presbyterian Church

  • State of California - Refugee Health

  • United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR)

  • US Department of Health & Human Services - Office of Refugee Resettlement

  • Wells Fargo

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Escondido

  • Workforce Partnership

Financial information

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