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Congolese Resources

Refugee Resettlement Agencies 

World Wide Web Icon AJAPO
Yinka Aganga-Williams and Dismas Bizimana
1835 Center Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

World Wide Web Icon Catholic Charities
Veronica Gonzalez
219 Ninth Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

World Wide Web Icon Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Leslie Aizenman
5743 Bartlett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

World Wide Web Icon Northern Area Companies
Kheir Mugwaneza
209 13th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412-781-1175 ext. 2248

Church Connections 

World Wide Web Icon African Christian United Fellowship
250 N. Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Pittsburgh Tabernacle Church

2601 Center Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

World Wide Web Icon Redeemed Christian Church of God
900 Penn Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Cultural & Community Groups 

World Wide Web Icon Afrika Yetu
Afrika Yetu Inc. is a cultural hub, building bridges between African immigrants and the American community. Afrika Yetu works to unite people through education, the arts and social networks.
For more information contact: Elie Kihonia

601 Wood St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

World Wide Web Icon CEED (Christian Evangelistic Economic Development)  

CEED is a micro-business assistance center that works with Immigrants in the Pittsburgh region.
For more information contact: Rufus Idris, CEO or Arlette Ambunga, CEED Staff and member of the Congolese Community

6435 Frankstown Avenue (Paulson Ave. Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

World Wide Web Icon Congolese Union of Pittsburgh
The mission of the Congolese Union of Pittsburgh is to create a forum for the promotion of dialogue, assistance and solidarity among the Congolese community of Pittsburgh.
For more information contact: Bijou Lendo, President


World Wide Web Icon UMOJA African Arts Company
UMOJA African Arts Company is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and increases appreciation for the rich culture of Africa. “Unity or On” is the meaning of “Umoja” in the Kiswahili language of Africa.
For more information contact: Darcel Madkins

601 Wood Street, Suite 9
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Additional Resources 

World Wide Web Icon Cultural Orientation Congolese Backgrounder 
This backgrounder provides basic information about Congolese refugee arrivals. This backgrounder addresses the causes of the refugee crisis, life in the DRC and countries of asylum, the background characteristics of the refugees, and Congolese resettlement experiences in the United States, as well as strengths that incoming Congolese refugees bring and issues that may present particular challenges for them.  

BRYCS: Raising Children in a new country 
BRYCS provides technical assistance to organizations nationwide that serve refugees and immigrants so that all newcomer children and youth can reach their potential. This booklet from BRYCS focuses primarily on parenting younger children.pdf.gif Raising Children Handbook 

World Wide Web Icon Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council 
The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council is to ensure that adults and families acquire reading, writing, math, English language, workforce skills, and computer skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their community.
411 Seventh Avenue, Suite. 550
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Articles on Group Therapy for Victims of Violence 

World Wide Web Icon Controlled Trial of Psychotherapy for Congolese Survivors of Sexual Violence
New England Journal of Medicine, June 6, 2013
Discusses the actual methods and results of the group therapy study in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

World Wide Web Icon Therapy for Victims of Sexual Violence Shows Promise in Congo
New York Times, June 5, 2013  
Discusses the effectiveness of group therapy for survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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