Supporting & Empowering Individuals From The Horn Of Africa And Beyond In Northern Ireland
HAPANI is an inclusive, non-governmental organisation committed to supporting and empowering individuals from the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Sudan) and beyond in Northern Ireland.
By actively providing quality services based on integration and equality, we believe that every refugee, asylum seeker and African person in Northern Ireland deserves a voice regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or social background.
HAPANI is dedicated to building an equal and integrative future for people from HoA and beyond in Northern Ireland, on a foundation of research, open communication and first-hand experience.
We believe that every person from the HoA or any other part of the world has the right to reside in a community where they are safe from prejudice. Unfortunately, hate crimes and intimidation do occur in NI, and HAPANI works with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to assist in the reporting and prosecution of perpetrators.
Our Homework Club currently provides space for 79 children to access their own individual desk area, a computer suite and the guidance of qualified volunteers. Operating Monday and Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.00pm, projects such as the Homework Club are an important part of social integration and educational development for refugee children.
HAPANI’s long-term goals extend beyond regional projects and advocating the social, political and economic rights of HoA refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in NI. We also hope to establish positive links with the Horn of Africa countries and develop a number of international projects.