“I saw a couple of abandoned houses in Pittsburgh. What would it take to renovate one of those buildings,” Adofo said. “Start with a daycare center and add on a grade each year. And then we could employ our people. Someone’s going to need to do the plumbing. You’re going to need furniture.“
The organization also operates a number of education programs such as the Ajamu Youth Investment Group. This program uses an African-centered method to teach children about finance and co-operative economics.
“A lot of times we come to these programs and we walk away and go home and then we come back and say the same things. We don’t want to do that,” Adofo said. “We do want to start some economic project.”
Pittsburgh has already taken the first step in joining NBUF. On March 9 members of the Homewood community hosted a Feed the Hood Project event in their neighborhood and have plans to continue the event monthly.
“Because Pittsburgh is very divided we need a unified agenda,” said Nazura Asaseyeduru, a community organizer who brought NBUF to Pittsburgh and is leading the local Feed the Hood Project. “Even those people who don’t necessarily want to join an organization, if they see we are all united, maybe they will try to support the effort in some way.”