Liana Grey, CIANA's Director of Educational Programs, tutoring an elementary school student at the office. Astoria, NY. Photo: Karen Smul
CIANA has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the Coalition for Asian Americans for Children and Families (CACF) through the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF), an initiative established by the New York City Council.
CIANA CEO and Founder, Emira Habiby Browne says that the grant comes at an opportune time for CIANA’s growth, enabling it to purchase new computers and software to keep up with increasing demands for data-tracking and program effectiveness.
“We’re at a critical stage of growth,” Habiby Browne says. “All around the world and especially in the U.S. right now, immigrants are being increasingly marginalized. CIANA is more needed than ever, and the CCNSF grant gives us the opportunity to upgrade our technology and to measure the results of our programs so that we can better serve our clients and help them successfully integrate.”
The grant will allow CIANA to manage and increase the effectiveness of the programs already offered by measuring their impact on immigrant families’ success, in addition to revealing how to further target clients to get at their real needs. CIANA’s case manager, Kimberly Iboy, agrees with CEO Habiby Browne that the grant will ensure better service outcomes.
“This grant will help us serve more clients more efficiently,” says Iboy. “It can get messy and chaotic to know what we can focus on with our current systems. I’m relying on multiple platforms to meet demand and find solutions to clients quickly.”
While the case management program is at the heart of CIANA’s holistic model that delivers direct services to its immigrant communities, the benefits of the grant aren’t limited to data collection and management. All of the staff is excited about the new computers, particularly Liana Grey, CIANA’s Director of Educational Programs. Students from local public schools who attend CIANA’s Elementary After School Tutoring Program increasingly need computers to complete school assignments.
“If we’re going to offer better quality tutoring, we’re going to need computers,” Grey says. “We’ve noticed a growing trend that every kid has at least one homework assignment on the computer, especially in math and reading. This will brin