The Oromo people, numbering more than 40 million, are bound by common history, culture, and language by Oromumma. Having been collectively subjected to prosecution, human rights violation, and economic exploitation in their homeland, the Oromo have a shared vision and common destiny. At the same time, they have different views on how to overcome their collective challenges, and belong to different religious persuasions.
The Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of the Washington Metropolitan Area is a tax-exempt, service providing organization within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, created to serve the interests of its members.
The OCO is created to foster a unity of purpose and networking among the Oromo in order to support one another, and to promote the preservation, continuity and development of the Oromo language, culture and traditions. Founded on the enduring concept of Oromuma, the OCO serves the interests of all Oromo without any bias.
The main objectives of the OCO are to:
Cognizant of the national and international threats to the continuity of Oromo identity, language, culture, and history due to oppression, assimilation, and loss of affiliation, the OCO mission transcends the physical borders of its Washington D.C. area. The OCO management seeks to strengthen the Oromo identity, and values in cooperation with other Oromo communities in North America and around the world. The specific objectives are:
Provide immigration and other social assistance services to new Oromo immigrants and refugees;
Provide health awareness and education services to members and the community at large;
Promote self-help and social assistance among the Oromo residing in the Washington DC area in order to strengthen individual life, family unity, and group survival in times of emergencies and social needs;
Create a window of connection and continued engagement with events in Oromia, through a regular media and communication service program that provides current news, and highlights human rights, political and economic development issues;
Promote the preservation, continuity and development of the Oromo language (Afaan Oromo), culture, and historical heritage through education; and;
Provide entertainment and opportunities for formal and informal networking among the Oromo.