Washington West African Center formally GAMBIAN TALENTS PROMOTION

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Immigrants & Refugees


19203 36th Ave WSuite 210Lynnwood, WA 98036 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Washington West African Center (WAWAC) is a By and For organization, founded and managed within the communities we work. It was created with the community in mind, who are front and center to the work we do. WAWAC is a statewide agency and operates predominantly in Snohomish, King, Pierce and Clark counties, with particular focus in Snohomish county in cities such as Everett, Lynnwood, MountLake Terrace, Edmonds, Bothell, Mill Creek, and Mukilteo, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Shoreline, Kent, Renton, Burien, Federal way. Our mission is to connect West Africans in Washington with local resources, bridge the gap between us and the wider community and culturally socialize West African children in a value driven way. Our mission aims to establish a pedestal to enable West Africans discover their full potential and facilitate communication through the use of modern information technologies and works of art for the discovery and realization of their talents.


We are the 911 and the 211 for West Africans who are living with their families and working in Washington which is home to thousands of West Africans. The population we serve is mostly West African immigrants with their families - including children and seniors. This community tends to suffer more from disinformation and coupled with a deep mistrust of the systems. This perhaps is a consequence of trauma emanating from suffering (discrimination and deprivation) endured through the ages. We are a predominantly immigrant community, mostly from West Africa (The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo, Benin), and a good number of people in our community are undocumented and have no formal education. This often leads us to live in unsafe neighborhoods, exposed to crime, domestic violence, unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors, vulnerability, and other conditions that negatively impact our health and wellbeing. Most of the members of our community work in the hotel, food and hospitality industries, hair salons, and rideshare. Others work at home health care facilities and support adults and children with disability, and people with underlying medical conditions.


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