Vitendo4 Africa

A nonprofit organization

$2,552 raised by 29 donors

51% complete

$5,000 Goal

In Swahili, "Vitendo" means "action." Vitendo4africa exists to connect immigrants and refugee families with resources to improve their overall quality of life. For decades, African immigrants and refugees have been largely left out of the larger immigrant population receiving services, including Asian, European, and South African immigrants. According to the 2016 American Community Survey, African Immigrants comprise 10% of the black population. Since 2000, the number of black immigrants living in the USA has risen by 71%. This comes with many unmet needs in the community. In 2010 the U.S.Census had roughly 126,500 immigrants in the St. Louis Metro area, comprising 4.5% of our region's population.
To meet the growing need and service gaps in the African Immigrant community, there was a great need to step in and take action. Since 2009 V4A has grown significantly in size, scope, breadth, and sustainability, including the establishment of partnership and collaboration with 20+ organizations over the past few years. 

We are currently appealing for resources to provide immigrant and refugee kids and children access to mental health therapy classes and college readiness programs. This will include mentorship, ACT prep, homework assistance, English classes, transport, supplies and snacks.

Vitendo4africa strives to address the unique needs of thousands of African immigrant and refugee families in the greater St. Louis region.
The majority of V4A program participants enter the United States through the Diversity Visa Program, also known as the visa lottery. This group does not qualify for refugee resettlement funds nor any government assistance provided by refugee resettlement agencies. Many people dream of coming to America, the land of freedom and opportunity. However, the families we serve are not adequately prepared to combat the challenges they encounter once they arrive. Immigrants face challenges such as language barriers, housing, search for employment, juggling between jobs and family demands, accessing services, transportation, and overcoming cultural shock.
V4A becomes the lifeline for these newcomers as we offer services including increasing awareness of nutrition, home buying, youth development programs, health screenings, legal service, and referrals to other agencies. In 2009, V4A developed a strategic action plan and has been advocating for African immigrant families' access to resources and opportunities in the St. Louis region with a long-term goal to expand nationwide. Since 2009, Vitendo4Africa's mission to empower African immigrants through educational and outreach programs in Missouri has grown to reach many in positive ways.



To welcome, connect, and empower healthier immigrant individuals and families through providing support and services in conjunction with coordinating resources.

OUR VISION: To see African Immigrants empowered, stronger, and healthier.


1. Culture

2. Integrity and Ethics

3. Unity and Economic Growth

4. Collaboration

Organization Data


Organization name

Vitendo4 Africa

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STEM, Arts & Culture, Community Improvement/Economic Development, Capacity Building/Intermediary, Education - K-12, Family Services/Child Welfare, Health & Wellness, Housing, Shelter, Homelessness, International, Mental/Behavioral Health, Racial Equity, Social Justice, Sports

Operating Budget

Small: $250,001 - $1,000,000

Service Area

St Louis County

Audiences Served

Immigrants, Refugees, Foreign-Born Populations

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