IMANI HOUSE's mission is to assist low-income youth, families, and immigrants to create viable neighborhoods where residents are decision makers who take responsibility for the improvement of their lives and surroundings.

76-A Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Executive Director

Bisi Ideraabdullah

Management Team

Bisi Ideraabdullah, Kim-Shawn Gary, Sekou Ideraabdullah, Latifa Zaid, C. Wiah James, Annie Coleman

Board of Directors

Oma Holloway, Jacqueline Volant, Cynthia Leveille, Bisi Ideraabdullah, Daphne Leveille, Mahmoud Ideraabdullah, Arthur Tucker, Gloria Hage, Patricia Ananaba, Bisi Ideraabdullah, Kim-Shawn Gary, Sekou Ideraabdullah, Latifa Zaid, C. Wiah James, Annie Coleman

Project Leaders

Bisi Ideraabdullah


IMANI HOUSE's mission is to assist low-income youth, families, and immigrants to create viable neighborhoods where residents are decision makers who take responsibility for the improvement of their lives and surroundings.


IMANI HOUSE, Inc. (IHI) was founded in 1985 in Liberia W. Africa and expanded to Brooklyn, New York in 1990. IHI offers a variety of programs that serve 24,000 people in marginalized populations in both Liberia and in Brooklyn, New York. The goals and objectives of IHI are to provide Youth and Family Support Programming that increases the opportunities for success, and the quality of life for members of our communities. We provide essential programming in education, health, employment assistance, and information and referral services. Liberia Programs The IHI Jahtondo Town Maternal and Child Health Clinic Opening in 1992, the Clinic currently serves over 17,000 women and children, and a small percentage of men. The Clinic offers integrated health services as well as various immunization services. IHI health staff have also participated in the Ministry of Health's (MOH) Polio Vaccine eradication campaign, which has, to date, helped to vaccinate thousands of people against polio. Some of the health services provided by IHI have been made possible through collaboration with UNICEF. 2011 and 2012 saw the Clinic undergo major renovations and restoration to ensure that it can continue providing valuable care and support to Liberian communities. Adult Education programs Imani House Liberia offers free classes to approximately 200 women each year. This program offers reading, writing, math, and civic education four days a week in three different locations around Monrovia, Liberia. Women's advancement is the main objective of our educational program, with some emphasis on women's rights, human rights and personal and community responsibility. Teen HIV/Pregnancy Peer Education Project This program trains Liberian female students in the presentation of health awareness information to their peers. IHI goes directly into the Public School classrooms and talks with the students about topics including; the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases; care of their bodies and reproduction rights along with the use of various protection mechanisms, abstention, family planning, and other topics of interest to them relative to their futures. All of the programs offered by Imani House, Inc. in Liberia have been registered with the Ministries of Planning, Health and Education in the Government of Liberia. NY Services Youth Enhancement and Development Projects IHI / PS/ MS 282 After-School Program - This is an enrichment program for at risk youth in grades Pre- K to 6 that fosters academic, physical, social and emotional development through homework assistance and tutoring, performance arts and athletics. It serves over 150 children annually. IHI High School Preparedness Program - This program serves 40 students in grades 4-7 and offers specialised tutoring in math and literacy, as well as homework assistance. This objective of this program is to ensure that elementary school students are academically, emotionally and socially prepared for the rigors of entering high school. This program exists in conjunction with the IHI MS/PS282 After-School Program. Employment and Career Services In 2005, IMANI HOUSE established a partnership with the Brooklyn Workforce One Career Center and other employment training and counseling services to help unemployed immigrants and marginalized community members to secure skills, information and access to employment, counseling, and other necessary services such as: basic computer training, life skills development, career exploration, resume and interview preparation, internet job search skills, and other. The program serves about 400 community residents per year. Adult Education Program Offers group and one-on-one classes of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Reading and Comprehension, Writing, Pre-GED, Math (Literacy), Job referral and training network with Workforce 1 Career Center and others; Life Skills, Civics, HIV Prevention, Counseling, Computers, GED Test Prep Classes, Immigration and Legal Referrals; Volunteer Recruitment, Training, Certification, Placement, and other. Serves approximately 120 Brooklyn residents per year. Community Outreach and Empowerment Information & Referral Service - Imani House, Inc. has developed a wide network of collaborating agencies that offer legal, immigration, domestic violence, HIV assistance, housing, continuing education, social services and other assistance. In 2011, IHI offered referrals to over 3,000 individuals who walked in, called or emailed our office. IMANI HOUSE is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in NY and Liberia.

Statistics on IMANI HOUSE, Inc

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $614,741
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $684,193
  • Other funding sources: 46% Government, 7% Foundation, 8% Individual Donors, 23% In Kind contributions, 16% Program services New York- Dept. of Youth & Com. Dev.; M & T Bank, Astoria Bank, State Farm Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Con Edison, Department of Aging, United Way, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Barclays Center Brooklyn, Emergency Food Assistance Program Liberia- Proliteracy; American Jewish World Service; Friends of Liberia; Alfalit; Plenty International; The $10 Club
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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