April 2016 Member of the Month

Meet the April Member of the Month, Bintou Kamara! Bintou has been an active member of African Communities Together since November 2015.

Where are you from?

I am from Ivory Coast.

What is the name of a local African restaurant you enjoy eating at?

I enjoy eating at Savanne, an Ivorian restaurant on 116th and Frederick Douglass in Harlem. They serve all types of food from my country, like acheke and fish--which I always order!

What is one of your biggest accomplishments within the African community

I am proud to be a member of ACT. I love using my interpreting skills to help my fellow compatriots understand the information that is shared at ACT's monthly membership meetings. If I had not met Akinde, the Community Organizer at ACT, I would not have been able to make these contributions.

How have you been involved with ACT's language access and community interpreter programs?

I take part in ACT's monthly membership meetings by volunteering as a French interpreter. Since November of last year, I have seen firsthand how the membership meetings have grown and the increasing demand from our members to access this important information in French. In addition, I am actively involved with ACT's African language and interpreter cooperative planning meetings. It is my hope to become a certified interpreter in the near future.

Do you have a favorite African song?

Panya by Bracket is one of my favorite songs!

What is one goal you have for the African community?

One goal I have is to continue helping my community with issues like immigration reform, citizenship, and information and resource access. I also hope to eliminate the stigmas that are preventing African immigrants--like many other immigrant groups--from moving forward both in NYC and in the rest of the country.