Established in 2008,
SAAFI participants have been meeting together weekly to share their challenges with housing, income support, health and most of all education and the challenges facing them in their new country which mostly related to the problems and different ways their children responded to integration. We constituted in 2008.
A community of Somali mothers
SAAFI is a community-based organisation initiated and led by Somali-British mothers from refugee background in Brent to help each other and their families and to support others in need.
Most of the mothers are the sole heads of their families and realized that some of the young mothers who came to the UK as refugees in the late eighties’ and early nineties are now grandmothers, which put them traditionally into another category of the Somali society.
These women are representative of the diverse Somali speaking regions in Africa and are professionals living and working in London. All these mothers share one commitment which is helping the future employment/education prospects of their children and grand-children in the UK as well as the wider Somali-speaking community in Brent.
Our aim is -
To raise the profile of the British-Somali community in Brent and help them to integrate into British society through workshops, training and cultural events. - SAAFI provide works with all the communities that English is not their first language. - To set up the first ever Somali Women’s centre offering training, workshops, links to other organisations and a place to meet.