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

The Oromo Cultural Center(OCC) of the Washington 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 OCC 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 onĀ  the enduring concept of Oromuma, the OCCserves the interests of all Oromo without any bias.


The main objectives of the OCC 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 OCC mission transcends the physical borders of
its Washington State. The OCC management seeks to
strengthen the Oromo identity, and values in cooperation
with other Oromo communities in North America and around the

The specific objectives are:

1.Provide immigration and other social assistance services
to new Oromo immigrants and refugees;
2.Provide health awareness and education services to
members and the community at large;
3.Promote self-help and social assistance among the Oromo residing in Washington State in order to strengthenĀ  individual life, family unity, and group survival in times of emergencies and social needs;
5.Promote the preservation, continuity and development of the Oromo language (Afaan Oromo), culture, and historicalĀ  heritage through education; and;
6.Provide entertainment and opportunities for formal and informal networking among the Oromo people.