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In November, 1997, Oumar Dia, an ex-pat from the tiny, remote village of Diorbivol, Senegal who was working as a bellhop at the downtown Hyatt in Denver, was shot and killed while waiting for a bus after work. The murder was an unprovoked hate crime perpetrated by two skinheads. The outcry from Denver’s citizens was huge, and led to the return of Oumar’s body to his village and the start of a project to establish a bridge of solidarity and respect with the people of Diorbivol and beyond.


African Heritage Celebration, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was formed as a tribute to Oumar Dia’s life, a reflection of the graciousness that the Senegalese are known for, and as a conduit for sustainable, positive impact on children in the developing world. We are an all-volunteer organization that has helped over 71,000 students so far, thanks to the generous support of donors in Denver and around the world.

Please donate! AHC has proven effectiveness at ensuring your hard earned dollars go completely to the mission of improving childrens' education in Africa. Our all-volunteer team works carefully to make sure we deliver useful materials to the neediest students, and test results illustrate the huge difference this makes in opportunities for the children! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, and your donation is tax-deductible.

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