Association of Oromo Community Ireland (AOCI)
Association of Oromo Community Ireland (AOCI) was established in 2006 as a non-profiting organization to promote and integrate the Oromo people residing in Ireland. At its start, very few Oromo who lived in Dublin, realized the importance of organization for Oromo in Diaspora and decided to establish association irrespective of their fewness in number. They drafted the by-law for their association and they registered their association with Company Registrar Office. That is how this association started growing; at present the association is not only known among the Oromo in Ireland but also known to other ethnic minorities’ communities in the State.
Today we members of the Oromo Community of Ireland remember the strength of the few Oromo’ commitment and advance the cause they worked for. Their commitment is driving motor for our commitment that helped us grow day to day to the extent we become good example for other peoples’ communities. AOCI is expanding its activities and is currently establishing its branch in Cork.
AOCI is dedicated in helping ethnic minority communities living and residing in Ireland to integrate and embrace the cultural diversity in their new home.
Oromo community is a voluntary membership organisation with a focal point for the ethnic minority African community mainly from the Horn of Africa who share a similar cultural belief and tradition to assimilate and actively participate in constructive measures into Irish society.
The organisation supports its members in advocacy aspects by creating awareness through workshops and training members to make a good use of the facilities at their disposal such as taking up courses offered by labour authority to be self sufficient in long run within the State and contribute positively towards social and economic growth of the host Country.
Oromo community endeavours to help back at home in Oromia as well as in the Horn of Africa, in supporting Irish NGO on the ground to run their project to realise its goals and objectives by supporting through raising fund for the organisation.
The organisation is primarily registered as a Company, limited by guarantee and of late has received charity status from the office of the Revenue Commissioners, under registration number CHY 18791.
The mission of AOCI is to provide integrated programs and services to assist Oromo Community in Ireland to become self-sufficient, and to create vibrant, sustainable, and cohesive community while promoting Oromo social, cultural and historical values and ethics. Its mission is furthermore to facilitate successful integration into Irish society, while addressing existing culture. The community is also dedicated to facilitate the needs of Oromo people and strengthen unity for the betterment of the Oromo people towards brighter future.
Beyond providing numerous services, the AOCI has been active in advocating as well as educating the surrounding communities about the Oromo people, culture and traditions, as well as the Oromo quest for national self determination.
The principal vision of AOCI is to look forward to Inclusive and vibrant Oromo Community. Our vision is furthermore to enable Oromo community members to be integrated in the society by self-reliance and independent in all aspects of life.
· We embrace our Oromo culture and teach it to our children and to others
· We believe that collaboration and partnerships help us to support the Oromo people and help them with available resources.
· We approach our work and interactions with integrity, honesty, and respect.
· We strengthen the community empowerment and identity as Oromo Community.
The general objective of the organization is to promote integration and encourage the Oromo residing in Ireland as well as new comers to be self supporting and integrating with the native community.
· To assist every member of this community and reach them during fortunes or hardships
· To assist new arrivals at getting the information about the host country
· To teach the Oromo history, culture and administrative Gada system which was made impractical
· To communicate any governmental and nongovernmental organizations to get assistance for its members
· To create income generating activities such as fund raising and increase the mechanisms of getting donations
· To facilitate translation from Oromo language into English for those who may require such services.
· Represent Oromo in ethnic Minority Community forum
· Endeavour to improve leadership and managerial skills of the Members
· To help retain and develop the Oromo cultural heritage and share with the other communities within the framework of multiculturalism and promote mutual understanding
Children & Family Services
· Helping families build friendships and social networks with others;
· Mother and Infant Care
· Home visitation during pregnancy, family reunion, and other family occasions ;
· After School support for children;
· Oromo language for children and others who wish to learn
· Summer social events for members