We advocate for the dignity, respect, and safety of Arab and Muslim immigrant communities, for our right to live free from fear and trauma and to access the same opportunities as our neighbors and friends.


 
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Our Beginning

AAANY was founded in 2001 by prominent and active members of the Arab­ American and Arab immigrant community to respond to the needs of low­-income, recent Arab immigrants in NYC. AAANY formed not even a month before the attacks of September 11th, 2001, as a one-­room social service agency run entirely by volunteers. After 9/11, AAANY -- originally envisioned as a simple direct service agency ­-- stepped into an advocacy role, recognizing that the onslaught of surveillance tactics, hate crimes, and community isolation would not be solved by direct services alone.

 

“There is power when you’re standing up with folks from your community and with people from different immigrant communities and with allies, and there is something beautiful about being in a space with all these people and feeling like you’re not alone.”

— Rama Issa-ibrahim, executive director

 
 

We create opportunities for our community members — whether they are new immigrants seeking refuge from war-torn homelands, first-generation Brooklynites trying to negotiate their identities in two worlds, or long-standing residents with a history of organizing against Islamophobia — to overcome the challenges they face and find their power, their voice, and their political home.

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Our Mission

We support the Arab immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Our aim is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity, and stability.

 

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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.

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Get Involved

If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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