United African Organization

UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.

Become a U.S. Citizen!

November 27, 2012AdminBlog


CAN-TV April 2013: The Naturalization Process from Alie Kabba on Vimeo.


If you have been a Legal Permanent Resident (Green card Holder) for at least 5 years, (or) 3 years and you are married to a U.S. Citizen, then you are eligible to apply to become a U.S. Citizen.

United African Organization in collaboration with the New Americans Initiative holds a workshop every month to assist eligible applicants with their citizenship applications. Our next workshop is on:

Friday – November 30, 2012 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at  the Indo American Center. 6328 S. California, Chicago, IL 60659

At the workshop applicants will receive:

  • Free assistance to complete the application for naturalization
  • Free legal consultation with an immigration attorney
  • Free information on how to apply for application fee waiver
  • Free study materials to prepare for the test and interview

You may qualify to apply for citizenship at no cost if:
~Your family receives public benefits (Link, Medicaid, SSI, TANF)
~Your income is equal to or less than that listed in the table.

Household Size        Yearly Income
1                                      $ 16,755
2                                      $ 22,695
3                                      $ 28,635
4                                      $ 34,575
5                                      $ 40,515
6                                      $ 46,455
7                                      $ 52,395
8                                      $ 58,335

Click Here to find out more, or for individual assistance, please call us at (312) 949-9980

Click Here to read in French

7th Annual Return From Exile Program

November 5, 2012IntervmediaBlog

The 7th Annual Return From Exile Program, honoring Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, will be hosted by the American Murid DAARAH!

This annual program is to honor Cheikh Ahmadou Bamaba for his courageous and tireless effort in protecting Islam in Africa and shielding the Senegalese people from the negative affects of colonization and moral bankruptcy.

Date: November 11, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Location: IIT Auditorium
10 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616

If you’re interested, contact:
Abdoulaye Bamba Mbaye (708)-979-4098
OR Abdoulaye Samb (773)-759-9597

African Cabdrivers Health Survey

November 1, 2012IntervmediaBlog

UAO has started its African Cabdrivers Health Survey in Chicago this month. This survey will examine African cabdrivers’ access to health care services in Chicago. Our organization has identified access to affordable health care as an issue of particular significance to the African community at large. In an effort to examine the particular effects of this issue, UAO has chosen to focus this study on the African cabdriver segment of the community.

This survey includes 25 simple questions, which focus on cabdrivers’ overall health. However, the survey also explores other issues including their educational background, working hours, and county of birth. These questions will allow UAO to gain a comprehensive understanding of the population’s make-up and needs and use this information to advocate on their behalf.

If you or anyone you know is currently working as a cabdriver, please fill out or ask them to fill out the survey online by clicking on this link: African Cabdrivers Health Survey.

Cliquez sur ce lien pour remplir le questionnaire: L’enquête Du Santé Sur Les Chauffeurs de Taxi Africains.

Join UAO & Allies to Get Out the Vote!

November 1, 2012IntervmediaBlog

Join UAO and Allies for Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Rally to Protect Families, WIN Immigration Reform and Driver’s Licenses for ALL!!

WHERE: Teamster Local 705 Auditorium, 300 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 6:00PM

Come Celebrate with UAO and allies who:

  • Broke a *NEW* record registering 26,488 new voters (42% suburbs, 58% city) in 20 different immigrant communities in Chicago and its suburbs .
  • Contact over 159, 885 immigrant voters for GOTV with door knocks, mail and phones calls
  • Activate thousands of GOTV volunteers in more than 450 precincts on election day

Check out this short GOTV video made by ICIRR!


We Hope To See You There!

Free Informational and Screening Session for Diabetes!

November 1, 2012IntervmediaBlog

African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In addition, they are more likely to suffer complications from diabetes, such as end-stage renal disease and lower extremity amputations. Although African Americans have the same or lower rate of high cholesterol as their non-Hispanic white counterparts, they are more likely to have high blood pressure.

African American adults are twice as likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.

  • In 2008, African American men were 2.7 times as likely to start treatment for end-stage renal disease related to diabetes, as compared to non-Hispanic white men.
  • In 2008, diabetic African Americans were 1.7 times as likely as diabetic Whites to be hospitalized.
  • In 2009, African Americans were 2.2 times as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to die from diabetes.

The Thapelo Institute, Inc. invites you and anyone that you may know who may be at risk for diabetes to a free informational program and screening on:

Saturday, November 3, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Prince Hall Masonic Lodge
809 East 42nd Place

Source: www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov

Diversity Lottery Registration for 2014 Has Opened

October 26, 2012IntervmediaBlog

Online registration for the Diversity Lottery 2014 Program started on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the US Department of State and conducted based on United States law, specifically Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This law provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” with visas made available to persons from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2014, 50,000 diversity visas (DV) will be available.

The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Visas are allocated to natives of countries with historically lower rates of U.S. immigration. Natives of countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the past five years are not eligible to apply for the Diversity Visa program.

Any African is eligible to apply for the Diversity Lottery if they have either a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.

For more information, visit the official Diversity Lottery website at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html#

To apply for the Diversity Lottery go to: www.dvlottery.state.gov.

Extended Deadline for Western Union Scholarship

October 26, 2012IntervmediaBlog

The Western Union Family Scholarship Program helps immigrant/migrant fathers and sons, mothers and daughters and brothers and sisters move up the economic development ladder through education. Scholarships can be used for college tuition, language acquisition, technical training and GED classes, with two family members receiving a scholarship to help achieve the type of education they need in order to create a brighter future for their entire family.

Eligibility requirements

  • All applicants for scholarships must be age 18 or older.
  • Both applicants are members of the same family.
  • Applicants must have been in the United States for 7 years or less.
  • Both applicants must have been born outside of the United States.
  • Both applicants must be living in the United States currently.
  • Applicants must reside in one of the following U.S. locations: Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; Washington, DC; Miami, Florida
  • The educational institutions for both of the family members must be in the United States.
  • The application must include educational institutions for both the primary and secondary award recipients (the two family members).
  • Scholarships may be used for tuition for college/university education, language acquisition classes, technical/skill training, and/or financial literacy.
  • Scholarships may not be used for advanced degrees (such as Masters, PhD).
  • Scholarships will only be made to nonprofit accredited higher education institutions and nonprofit training/educational providers.
  • Western Union employees, Western Union Agents and dependents are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Process for Selection

Scholarship recipients are determined in a selection process independently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international non-profit educational exchange organization. All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the educational providers. No payments will be made to individuals.


August 27, 2012: Application open and available
October 19, 2012: Application due date
November 26 – 30, 2012: Notifications made

Contact Information

For questions related to this scholarship program, please contact the administering organization, Institute of International Education (IIE) by phone, fax, or e-mail at:

Institute of International Education
1400 K St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 326-7861
Fax: (202) 326-7696
Email: wufoundation@iie.org

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