Human Services

AMANI WOMEN CENTER

"Stitching Lives Together"

aka Amani Sewing Academy / Johari Africa

Clarkston, GA

Mission

Amani Women Center (AWC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that enriches the lives of refugee communities and empowers them in their new environment by providing educational programs, health workshops and information designed to build and sustain healthy families and communities. AWC fills a very important gap for the work we do in the refugee community by providing culturally sensitive programs and services to the different ethnic groups represented in Clarkson, Georgia. Crucial to the AWC's work is a holistic, culturally informed, and collaborative approach. AWC believes in the value of creating trusting relationships on a person-to-person basis to identify community needs and obstacles to develop effective solutions.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Imagine what it’s like to flee your home in fear. To arrive in a new country with nothing but your life. At Amani Women Center (AWC) we provide practical support and guidance through various programs and workshops for refugee women here in the United States and parts of Africa. AWC fills a very important gap for the work we do in the refugee community by providing culturally sensitive programs and services to the different ethnic groups represented in Clarkson, Georgia. Crucial to the AWC’s work is a holistic, culturally informed, and collaborative approach. AWC believes in the value of creating trusting relationships on a person-to-person basis to identify community needs and obstacles to develop effective solutions that empower and strengthen the community. We continue to show commitment by effectively and efficiently providing tailored programming (e.g. our sewing academy) and services through our ethnically diverse team that is reflective of the community we serve.

Ruling Year

2007

Co-Founder / President

Ms Doris K Mukangu

Main Address

3550 Clarkston Ind. Blvd. Suite F

Clarkston, GA 30021 USA

Keywords

african immigrant refugee women's health education counseling support referral empowerment sewing

EIN

20-8795120

 Number

5495023007

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our organization is meeting a unique need of providing culturally sensitive empowerment programs that lead to self- sufficiency for refugees families in the metro atlanta region. There's a high rate of unemployment among the refugee women in Clarkston due to factors such as language barriers and Skills. Amani Sewing Academy provides the training to meet this need. Graduates from the program are able to transit into sole proprietorship and entrepreneur or work at various sewing factories.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AWC - Empowerment Programs, Health Education, Counseling, Support & Referral Services

Amani Women Center Sewing Academy

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients still enrolled after the first week of training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

Amani Women Center Sewing Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The number of students increased in the community due to word of mouth.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

Amani Women Center Sewing Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Job skills training and workshops - Sewing, Beading, Quilting, financial literacy, domestic violence, ESL Classes.

Number of diversity training courses conducted

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

AWC - Empowerment Programs, Health Education, Counseling, Support & Referral Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

Amani Women Center Sewing Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Attendance monitoring. Students that graduate. Graduates employed in the workforce and graduates that have started their own home business.

Number of participants who gain employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

Amani Women Center Sewing Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

9 are employed and 14 have started their own home business.

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

Amani Women Center Sewing Academy

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of consulting time accessed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

AWC - Empowerment Programs, Health Education, Counseling, Support & Referral Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Hours of tutoring administered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

Amani Women Center Sewing Academy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our organization aims to empower refugee families with skills that empower them to be productive members of their families and their communities. The supplementary income from these women help sustain their respective homes and is a form of self suficienncy for these women.

Providing linguistically appropriate services and programs. Providing culturally appropriate health and life skills workshops. Providing culturally sensitive counseling.

Our staff are representative of the different ethnicities that we serve and are well versed in the cultural nuances. Our staff are bicultural and multi-lingual. Our staff are highly credentialed in the different services that we provide. our organization provides a safe space in the hub of the community that is easily accessible.

Number of women who graduate from the Amani Sewing Academy per year. Number of clients visiting Amani Women Center per month. Number of clients receiving referrals from Amani Women Center per month. Number of clients receiving services from Amani Women Center per month.

We have graduated students from the Amani Sewing Academy who have been able to transit to self-employment, employment in sewing plants. We have expanded the sewing academy to add 20 new students and are planning on adding 20 more by 2019.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Emory University Woman's Club 2012

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Financials

AMANI WOMEN CENTER

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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