Dedicated to empowering communities with compassion, action, and advocacy.

Founded in 2012, Voice of East African Woman (VEAW) has strengthened and supported East African women and their families in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Our organization emerged from the pressing need to address the multifaceted housing, health, and safety challenges that disproportionately affect East African women in our community. Our guiding mission is to empower women, children, and youth to rise above domestic and youth violence and to tackle the pervasive issues of housing and food insecurity.

Mission Statement

Promote individualized safety planning based on our belief that women are the experts in their lives through promising and best practices in education intervention and prevention. We seek to advocate that the voices of East African women, children, and youth are heard by bringing the community together to support each other in times of crisis, homelessness, and change.

Vision Statement

Support groups dedicated to health and wellness empowerment, providing a nurturing space for women and youth to share their journeys and experiences. Fostering safety and well-being for individuals, families, and our broader community.

At VEAW, we believe in the power of community empowerment and prevention. We understand that sustainable change comes from within the community, facilitated by support, education, and accessible resources. To this end, we have initiated a series of community groups that convene regularly to engage with and address specific community concerns. Our programs are diverse and designed to meet the varied needs of our community members:

  • Affordable Housing and Homeownership Programs: Aimed at ending homelessness, these programs, including our efforts at VEAW & Farhio House, offer a pathway to stability and security for families in need.
  • Circle of Mothers Roundtable: A wellness and healing circle that provides a safe space for mothers to share, heal, and support each other through life’s challenges.
  • Youth Development and Violence Prevention: Managed through the Somali Youth Link (SYL), this program focuses on nurturing the potential of young individuals while safeguarding them from violence.
  • SAFI Program: A dedicated initiative to combat hunger, providing fresh vegetables and fruits to ensure food security for our community members.

Our service area encompasses the metro areas of Minnesota, where we strive to create a supportive network for East African women and their families. Through our targeted programs and initiatives, VEAW is committed to building a resilient community where everyone can thrive in a safe, supportive, and empowering environment.

Join us in our mission to empower, support, and uplift our community. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of many, fostering a future where everyone can lead a life of dignity, security, and prosperity.

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Discover how you can be part of a transformative journey today. Reach out to us now and join a community committed to empowerment and support!