The overwhelming reality that thousands of families in Akokwa face is the formidable challenge of paying school expenses. Since its inception, AADA endows annual scholarships and has awarded over $10,000 to students attending primary and secondary school, as well as first year University students in Akokwa. Additionally, over 35 local Southern California High School graduates who demonstrated high scholastic achievement also were awarded.
The typical classroom in Akokwa lacks the basic school essentials that are commonplace within the United States school system. In December of 2015, AADA transported materials, including back packs, pencils, notebooks, markers, etc to schools in Akokwa, which will continue as one of our annual projects.
In the wake of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 introduced by the Senate, AADA spearheaded a town hall which highlighted the bill’s direct impacts to the African community. The over 100 attendees heard various testimonials from African immigrants and participated in a Q&A session, where the honorable, Congresswoman Karen Bass fielded questions. Additionally, Congresswoman Bass provided updates on the political background of the bill and focused on her priorities on the reform during her keynote speech.