SFS Frontend Slides
Honorees of Oceanleaf Awards 2015
Recognizing instrumental individuals in our midst.
LION Youth performing @ Oceanleaf 2015
Dhaanto is one of the best traditional dances of Somali people!
The first and only bilingual (Somali & English) newsletter in California!
Day to Dream @ 2015
Youth exploring one of their future colleges!
Day of Dignity November 04, 2014
SFS Staff and Volunteers feeding to those who are less fortunate in our community!
Economic Development Program
Economic development program was created to address the economic needs of Somali and other East African families - most East African families in San Diego are comprised of single mothers, several children, and extended family members: nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. Many families have as many as 6-13 children. A large percentage of the families are on public assistance. East African refugees and immigrants, having left nations with agrarian subsistence economies and high illiteracy, face specific difficulties in urban settings with securing jobs and means of income. The community members try to solve the situation by opening their own businesses, however, they run into another set of problems of licensing and other regulation processes for new businessmen and women. The dependence on public assistance disfranchises the community while it cannot provide any solid background to new immigrants and refugees and its members cannot economically rely on themselves. In a long run, the lack of job opportunities and programs integrating East African population into the wider San Diego community results in loss of the productive and economically potential members who opt for moving to different parts of the country.