Several local agencies collaborated to host a Community Development Summit for Limited English Proficiency African Families April 10-11. The event featured resource fairs and presentation by speakers Hamse Warfa and Fartun Weli regarding the challenges faced by families and ways the community can empower newcomers in response.
Warfa is an internationally-recognized speaker on conquering adversity and building resilience. Weli is the founder and Executive Director of the Isuroon Project, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis supporting women from Somali.
Summit sessions were held for parents, organizational partners, and youth. Joining the program in hosting the Summit was the City of Cedar Rapids, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, YouthPort, the United Way of East Central Iowa, the Catherine McAuley Center, and Catholic Charities.