Who We Are
One World for Love and Peace (OWLP) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in December 2004, in Monrovia, California by Nahid Kabbani under the auspices of the National Heritage Foundation. The basic building blocks for the organization were to educate Americans about topics of interest to the Arab communities living in the United States and to promote communication across different cultures.
In March 2014, “Ahlan Wa Sahlan” (Welcome), an Arabic show with English translation, was established to serve the Arab community. The show addressed different inspirational individual experiences and resources available to the community.
In the same year, the “Arab American Community TV” (AACTV) blog was launched. This online TV station contained shows from “The Light House for Today’s Viewers” focusing on successful Arab transition into local communities.
“The Lighthouse 4 Today’s Viewers”, a TV show, was established through Monrovia Cable Television (KGEM) to address the lack of understanding of the cultural diversity of Arab-American communities.
In April 2008, the founder moved to Sacramento and re-established One World independently and modified the mission to increase cultural understanding of the Arab communities living in the greater Sacramento area; and to provide transitional assistance to newly arriving Arab immigrants and refugees to the United States.
In January 2015, “One Stop Access” (OSA) Resource Center was established to provide referral services to refugees in terms of housing, health, legal, counseling, tutoring, and translation. OSA also offers employment readiness classes and job search assistance, in addition to English as Second Language classes provided by certified teachers. OSA’s services start after the initial three-month period the resettlement agencies provide to refugees.
In January 2020, OSA became an independent organization with the new name of "Arab Community Center for Integration Services (ACCIS)", focusing all efforts on its mission of providing transitional assistance to refugees and immigrants in Sacramento.
To learn about ACCIS and its work, visit their website at https://www.accis-sac.org/.
“The Lighthouse 4 Today’s Viewers” continued through the Public Cable Television, Access Sacramento addressing various topics affecting Arab-Americans and shedding light on current humanitarian issues and challenges facing Arab immigrants and refugees.
One World of Love and Peace continues to be committed to its mission, and making a difference in the community.