Community Partners

The African Studies Program collaborates with community organizations on educational programming. This is especially important for our students interested in community service and internships. We work collaboratively to place our students and to co-sponsor educational events including guest speakers who are typically practitioners from the field. These partners include the following:


Afrika Yetu

Afrika Yetu serves as a cultural hub, building bridges between African immigrants and the American community while uniting people through education, the arts and social networks.


Bright Kids Uganda USA

Bright Kids Uganda USA supports Bright Kids Uganda that has been in operation since 2000 located in Entebbe, Uganda. The organization assists children from various backgrounds ranging from street kids, HIV/AIDS orphans, children who have been living at Internally Displaced Peoples’ Camps and those rescued from the rebels in Northern Uganda. Many of our students have participated as internships since its founding.


Brother’s Brother Foundation

BBF is a gift-in-kind charity that focuses on medical and educational needs around the world. BBF has served 149 countries worldwide with over 105,000 tons of medicines, medical equipment, textbooks, educational supplies and emergency disaster aid since its founding in 1958.



Supports development and peace in Cameroon through football. Pitt students can volunteer with the organization to impact lives and bring about desired change.


Hekima Place

A loving, Faith based home for orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kiserian, Kenya committed to giving them a high quality education, nutritious meals and good health care. Kate Fletcher of Pittsburgh founded Hekima Place in 2005.


Kakenya’s Dream

A leader in empowering girls and transforming rural communities through education.


The Nyadire Connection

A faith-based, non-profit organization that seeks to support and sustain the Nyadire United Methodist Mission in northeastern rural Zimbabwe, Africa.  The Nyadire Mission offers a hospital, nursing school, school system (preschool through high school), orphanage, teachers’ college, farm, and many other services to the surrounding community.


The Pittsburgh Africa Project

A project of the Thomas Merton Center that promote peace in Africa, justice, human rights and welfare of African immigrants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

A great resource for international engagement across generations and sectors and instill independent, critical thinking about the world and America’s role in it.


Union of African Communities in South Western Pennsylvania

A great resource for our students, faculty and entire community for Africa related events, information and networking.