O. Peter Akubeze, M.S. President
UWM - Dept of Africology
Hilary Njagi Treasurer
Dr. Aaron Buseh
Fessahaye Mebrahtu Executive Director
PACA brings together all people of African descent to preserve and enrich African cultural values through education, empowerment, and dialogue; serving the needs of the greater Milwaukee community.
PACA envisions African refugees and immigrants making a smooth adjustment into American society, enjoying the rights and fulfilling their obligations as integral members of their community.
• Dignity is a right
• Integrity is a virtue
• Diversity is a value
• Unity is a strength
• Service is commitment
Goals and Objectives: • Advocacy • Cultural Preservation/Promotion • Education • Services
PACA was established as a small committee to address the emerging issues of African immigrants and refugees in the Milwaukee metro area;
PACA committee members made a discernment to become a nonprofit entity and started developing pilot programs, including Coalition of African Youth (CAY), which is youth leadership development program;
PACA acquired federal identification number or EIN. Through the help of the Private Industry Council (PIC) ELP program, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee PACA completed organizational assessment
Same year PACA board embarked on business strategic planning with the assistance of
PACA was granted 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status;
PACA initiated African Women Entrepreneurship (AWE) to build the entrepreneurial skills of African immigrant and refugee women and received a grant from Catholic Campaign for Human Development – Archdiocese of Milwaukee;
PACA received its first grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement – Ethnic Communities Self-help program, opened an office and hired its first staff; expanding its funding base PACA developed more programs and hired more staff to run them;
PACA became a refugee resettlement agency in partnership with ECDC;
PACA moved to a new location that accommodate its expanding programs;
Currently PACA has 9 fulltime staff and dozens of volunteers.