Community Outreach & Education

RIAC offers a variety of community education projects. We are currently running The Muslim-African Women’s Network for Safety, Advocacy & Protection (MAWNSAP), as well as our ESOL program. Below you can read about these projects along with others we have run in the past.

The Muslim-African Women’s Network for Safety, Advocacy, & Protection (MAWNSAP)

Currently Running

MAWNSAP is an acronym derived from the Arabic and Somali word “mawnasap” which means “the right thing to do.” The MAWNSAP project is a 1-day training conference that gives service providers tools and strategies for helping Muslim-African women who are caught in domestic violence situations. The program is designed to enhance participant’s ability to better understand how religion and culture impacts the norms and values of Muslim-African women in such situations. The training is open to anyone who works with the aforementioned population, including community-based service providers, law enforcement officers, and others. Training is held six times per year at varying locations.

For more information or to request a training to be held at your office, please call the main office at 617-238-2430.

ESOL Classes

Currently Running

RIAC offers English as a Second Language classes Friday mornings in the Jamaica Plain office. Please call for more information (617)238-2430.

African Initiative for Men’s Health

Previous Program

RIAC, in partnership with the MA Department of Public Health, worked on ways to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities for African-born men in Massachusetts. This initiative aimed to:

  • Gather data on community needs, system gaps, and best practices in serving African-born men
  • Strategically outline culturally- and linguistically-appropriate policies, programs, and practices to improve outcome and reduce disparities for the target population