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To meet the many and urgent needs of new African immigrants, African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRFOUND or AIRF) provides services through the following integrated programs:

The Catching Up Program


Thousands of school-age African children live in the greater Washington DC Metro Area. Trauma due to war, poverty and family separation can be overwhelming obstacles to their adjustment in U.S. public schools.  For many immigrant children, formal education has never been an option. There are many more for whom balancing dual identities have  resulted in various types of antisocial behavior. The Airfound Catching Up Program is designed to help these students advance at their own pace academically, emotionally and socially through individualized mentoring and tutoring program.  CUP is a result of partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Public schools, and African Student Association (ASA) at Georgetown University, Howard University, and the University of Maryland.

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