Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services of Minnesota

SAYFSM serves African immigrants and refugees with culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV/AIDS and chronic health education and social services. Founded in Minnesota in 2002, SAYFSM is a 501(c)3 multipurpose human service agency.

A message from Ephraim Olani, Executive Director



Donated Sewing Machines

Thank you Mission Orthodox Presbyterian Church for your generous donation of 8 sewing machines for the Under One Roof Fiber Arts program!  So grateful you brought them to us.


Shawl Weaving Project

Starting on March 14, UOR began teaching classes in continuous warp/bias weaving. The women are weaving shawls like the ones pictured here! Many thanks to the Weavers Guild of MN (WGM) and their wonderful artists, Judy Goebel and Nancy Preckshot, for hosting and teaching these classes. This activity is a collaboration with the Weavers Guild of MN (WGM) and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota

MRAC shawl rectangle 1MRAC shawl triangle backmrac weaving Bekelu

Ready for School Thanks to Normandale Lutheran Church

Normandale Lutheran Church in Edina, once again, donated backpacks for 22 children. SAYFSM greatly appreciates everything the wonderful, generous, and caring people of Normandale Lutheran do for SAYFSM and the people we serve.  Thanks to you, 23 children are ready for school!!

Normandale backpack 3 kids no tagsNormandale backpack 2 kids no tags




So wonderful to have everyone together to enjoy such a wonderful meal.

SAYFSM staff all together enjoying a wonderful meal.

Thanks again, Rick, for volunteering your time and keeping our sewing program running! Rick Engel of Sew Mach Tech.

Thanks once again, Rick, for volunteering your time and keeping our sewing program running!
Rick Engel of Sew Mach Tech


Nativity phone cards donation basket  Nativity phone cards table

Thank you!

Thank you Nativity Lutheran Church for your generous donations for phone cards.  These cards allow African immigrants and refugees to call home to Africa to talk to loved ones during the holiday season.  What a wonderful gift!!


2014 Minnesota AIDS Walk

Team SAYFSM walked to raise awareness of HIV and to support African immigrants and refugees living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.   More than 15 staff, friends, and family walked on that beautiful day. Thanks to all who participated and all those who supported our team!




HIV Testing and HIV Testing Outreach

SAYFSM is funded through the Minnesota Department of Health for Outreach and Testing.   HIV testing is available at the SAYFSM office or individuals may choose to receive the test at a location of their choosing.  All testing is performed discreetly and confidentially.

The Project uses broadcast media with various communities’ peer leaders to encourage testing and safer sex practices.  Services include individual risk assessments, counseling, and testing for HIV infection.

Our services are free, confidential, and nonjudgmental.
We serve all Africans regardless of country of origin, culture, language, and religion.