Three years after Mitiku Tolassa of Clinical Engineering came to this country from Ethiopia in 1997, he moved to Philadelphia and discovered the Oromo Community Organization of Pennsylvania. Tolassa not only stayed a member of the group, but become its executive chair in 2014.
Oromo PA helps establish stable communities in the area and the Oromo community in general by helping Oromo immigrants – most of whom come from Ethiopia – acclimate to their new environment. “We make sure they have a place to stay, guide them in education, help kids with their homework,” he said. They also teach the Oromo language, one of the most spoken Cushitic languages in East Africa, and culture to second generation offspring.