About ECDC

ECDC is a resettlement agency authorized by the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) to resettle refugees across the country. ECDC works locally, regionally, and nationally with its branch offices and affiliates. ECDC’s program of public education seeks to increase awareness within the wider community and among mainstream organizations about issues of concern to the newcomer community in general and to African refugees and immigrants in particular. As a national voice, ECDC brings an African perspective to issues that affect African refugees here and in Africa.

ECDC works closely with both the private and public sectors and has a broad base of financial support, which is derived from corporations, foundations, individual contributions, in-kind donations, religious institutions, and contracts and grants from federal, state, and local government agencies. ECDC is a member of InterAction and the Refugee Council USA.


Enterprise Development Group

Incorporated as an ECDC subsidiary in 2001, the Enterprise Development Group (EDG) is a non-profit, micro-loan enterprise program that to date has made over 1,200 small business loans worth over $20 million, while helping clients acquire over $29 million in assets. EDG also offers car loans free tax filing assistance.

Axumite Heritage Foundation


The renovated ‘Inda Nebri’id

The Axumite Heritage Foundation (AHF) was established by the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) in 1993 with the aim of restoring, preserving, and promoting Axum’s ancient and modern cultural achievements. The mission of the Foundation is to establish local institutions of learning to preserve, promote, and transmit Axumite culture in particular, and Ethiopian culture in general.

The Axumite Heritage Foundation oversees the cultural and educational hub of the Axumite Heritage Library, the Institute of Axumite Studies, and a region-specific ethnographic museum. While the Institute and museum are currently under development, the Axumite Heritage Library has been open to the public since 2002. The library temporarily resides in Axum’s former governor’s palace, the ‘Inda Nebri’id, which AHF restored from its dilapidated state in the 1990’s. A new, modern library is now under construction in the ‘Inda Nebri’id compound. It will house the permanent Axumite Heritage Library and the Institute of Axumite Studies, while the palace building will be transformed to a museum.

Branch Offices

Our African Community Centers (ACC) help resettle refugees and provide critical social services upon arrival, including translation, immigration counseling, youth leadership and life-skills training, English classes, and employment services. We are located in Denver, Colorado, Las Vegas, Nevada, Arlington, Virginia, and Silver Spring, Maryland.

Affiliate Locations

– Acculturation for Justice, Access, and Peace Outreach (AJAPO), Pittsburgh, PA

– Alliance for African Assistance (AAA), San Diego, CA

– Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, Houston, TX

– Arizona Immigrant and Refugee Services, Phoenix, AZ

– Coptic Orthodox Charities, Inc. (COC), Clearwater, FL

– Della Lamb Community Services, Kansas City, MO

– East African Community of Orange County, Anaheim, CA

– Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, Chicago, IL

– Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), Nashville, TN

– North Carolina African Services Coalition, Greensboro, NC

– Pan-African Community Association (PACA), Milwaukee, WI

– Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center, Boston/Worchester, MA

– Southern Sudan Community Association, Omaha, NE








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