Ladder to the Moon Network
Education, Awareness, and Special Programs in Support of the People of Sub-Saharan Africa
24 Preble Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Through our programs, Ladder to the Moon Network offers:
We help people understand why so many people have moved from the far ends of the world to live in Maine’s cities and towns.
Our programs document the war and civil and political unrest that have afflicted civilians in many African countries for decades and caused the death of millions. For instance, in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone, more than six million people have died in the last 20 years because of war.
Violence between groups in power and those desiring power force many to flee. Those who flee these conflicts often end up in refugee camps, which are places only desperate people would choose to live. Despite their name, there is no ‘refuge’ possible in these camps. Families living in camps suffer unsanitary, unstable, crowded conditions. They dream of establishing a safe home in a country like the United States.
When African immigrants arrive in Maine they come believing in a future that will allow them to move from merely ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving. This is where Ladder to the Moon Network plays an important role. Through our programs, LMN seeks to ease the integration of African newcomers into Maine by sharing the trauma so many have lived through, teaching locals about the historical and contemporary backgrounds of their new neighbors, and by teaching the newcomers about the culture and logistics of life in Maine.
The Education and Awareness Program consists of an annual conference focused on This program focuses on providing opportunities for discussion, study, and dialogue about the continuing crisis in Africa and the challenges that New Americans face when they leave Africa and come to America. Our targeted audiences are government leaders, community organization leaders, professors from universities and colleges, teachers, professionals, New Americans, and other interested community members. We strongly believe that an educated community is a responsive community. Little can be expected from a community which is not informed.
We publish Amjambo Africa, a free monthly newspaper that is translated in five languages (English, Swahili, Somali, Kinyarwanda, French). The newspaper has a circulation of 10,000 and is distributed to 400 locations in Maine. Locations include churches, organizations that help immigrants, supermarkets, small grocery shops, coffee shops, hospitals, and schools. In addition to print, the newspaper has an online website that is updated daily.amjamboafrica.com
Through our newspaper we strive to: