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Our Philosophy

ISKU-FILAN (Strong Girl)

Empowerment for New Mainer Girls and Women

Maine Community Integration’s core philosophy is Isku-Filan: a Somali term for a strong, independent girl.  MCI educates and empowers New Mainer girls and women to be confident in themselves, work together, and make positive changes in their communities. 


Our Approach


Maine Community Integration Is:

  • Based on the eight elements of girls’ empowerment: an extension of social determinants of health. 

  • Trauma Informed: addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is at the heart of personal and community growth

  • Culturally Informed: our programs take place in a safe space, carried out in multiple languages from trusted community leaders

  • Two-Generation: all of our programs serve New Mainer youth and their parents simultaneously


Our Staff


Fowsia Musse

Executive Director


Koos Mohamed

Youth Coordinator


Abdi Abdalla

Assistant Director


Ashley Medina

Program Coordinator

Our Location

Our services focus on the greater Lewiston/Auburn area with a wide range of support to state and local organizations. Our programs and services reflect current interests and needs identified with the New Mainer community.

If you have more questions about our organization, we invite you to contact our team at 207-777-4765.

We also offer the following Fee-Based Services:

  • Cultural Consideration and Implicit Bias Training

  • Providing cultural consideration and implicit bias workshops and training for institutions, organizations, and service providers throughout the state

  • Interpretation and Translation Consultation Services

  • Services for both public and private clients throughout the state of Maine offered for languages of:

  • Somali

  • French

To help us in the implementation of our programs, you can donate or volunteer today. You may speak with our team at 207-777-4765 to know more about the programs we provide.

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