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Deliveries Jan 28, 2017

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Our first family we will visit is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) consisting of a mother, her five children and one grandchild.  The family fled DRC many years ago and went to Rwanda, where they lived in 2 separate refugee camps.  The refugee camps had a primary school and all the children were able to attend.  The family arrived in America in November and they are happy to be here, safe, and to start their new lives.

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Our second family isalso from DRC consisting of a father, mother, their 8 children and one grandchild.  They fled DRC 20 years ago and stayed in a refugee camp in Tanzania.  The adult children were able to complete High School through the UNICEF school in their refugee camp, and the younger children completed their respective grades.  The parents were unable to work in the camp, however.  The family arrived to America in August.  The adult sons have found work and the minor children are enrolled in school.  Both parents struggle with health issues, but are looking for work.  They are all happy to be here and hope to make a good life.

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Our third family is from Bhutan and India. The father is Lhotshampas, one of Bhutan’s 3 main ethnic groups that was forced to flee in the 1990s. He told of running in the night, over mountains, trying to stay away form wild animals, in search of safe haven. He and his family made their way to Nepal, where they found safety in the refugee camp. The father received special permission to leave the camp to go study for his masters in Zoology in India. While there, he met his wife, who is a native of India, and they were married. When their first child (now 17) was born, they went back to Nepal to be with the father’s family. In Nepal, the father was able to teach and eventually become a principal of a school. The mother also taught primary school. Their son (12) was born in Nepal. The children were able to attend school.  They arrived to America in August.  The mother has some family here, who have helped with their adjustment and integration.  The children are doing very well in school; in fact, the daughter was able to immediately enroll in typical classes without needed to be in the English as a Second Language classes. The mother has secured a job packaging cakes, and the father is awaiting the evaluation of his academic credentials in hopes of teaching again. The family is very happy to be here, to be safe, to have access to a good education for their children and a permanent home.

 

Deliveries: Jan 21, 2017

We will be welcoming 5 families this week, during a morning and afternoon delivery.

Delivery #1:

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Our first family is from Iraq, consisting of a father, mother and their 3 children.  The father worked as a chef for an American company both prior to and during the war.  When ISIS took control of their area of Iraq, they had to stay in hiding for several years due to their involvement with an American company and their Christian faith.  The family eventually was able to escape to Jordan and live in relative safety until they were approved to come to the US 3 months ago.  They have extended family already living in the US and the children are enrolled in school and doing well in their studies.  The family feels blessed to be safe in our country and able to freely practice their faith without fear of harm.

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Our second family is also from Iraq, consisiting of a father, mother, their adult daughter, a teenage son and young daughter.  Their other 2 adult sons are awaiting approval for US resettlement, while living in Finland and Iraq.  The father worked as a truck driver in Iraq and described his life pre-ISIS as being very good.  Once ISIS took over their area of Iraq the family’s wellbeing was disrupted and they lived in fear for many years before they were able to flee to Turkey and then Jordan.  They arrived to America 2 months ago.  They feel very fortunate to have made their way to safety in the US and want to work hard and be successful in their new country.  The younger children are awaiting school enrollment, but are looking forward to it, and the parents hope to be reunited with their other children soon.

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Our third family comes from The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) consisting of a father and his pre-teen son.  The father fled DRC 20 years ago when he was a young teenager, after his entire family was killed and a cousin helped rescue him and bring him to a camp in Tanzania.  The father was able to work in the camp carrying water for the aid workers and camp’s residents.  The son was born and has lived his entire life in the refugee camp.  The father is pleased that his long journey has led him here,  is thankful for the safety provided by the US, and is grateful for the opportunities now available to his son.

 

Delivery #2:

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Our first family is from Syria, consisting of a father, mother, three daughters and one son, ranging in age from 4-17.  In Syria the father owned his own company that made machine parts and knick knacks.  They fled Syria 5 years ago and stayed in Jordan before coming to America less than one month ago.  The family is very happy to be in America, and start a new life in America with the emphasis of ensuring that their children will be well educated.  The children are awaiting school enrollment and the father is anxiously awaiting his social security card so that he can start working and provide a good life for his family.

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Our second family is from Somalia, consisting of a mother, her 3 daughters, a grandmother and the mother’s brother.  They fled Somalia 13 years ago when the daughters were an infant, 1 year old and 2 year old, and lived in a camp in Kenya.  They described life in the camp as being very rough and they depended completely on the UN.  The children were able to attend school in the camp.  The family arrived in America 5 months ago and are all enrolled in school and enjoying it, with all of their favorite subject being English.  They view education as their pathway to success in America.  The daughters are learning English quickly and already speak Somali and Swahili as well.  The mother is studying English and her and her brother are looking for work with the assistance of their resettlement agency.  The mother dreams of her daughters attending college and having a good life in America.

 

 

 

Deliveries: Jan 14, 2017

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Our first family is from Somalia, consisting of a father, mother, their two adult sons, preteen daughter, and preteen son.  They arrived in America 3 months ago.  The family originally fled to Kenya when the two eldest children were very young and stayed in Dadaab Camp, the world’s largest refugee camp.  They later went to Ethiopia and then Djibouti, where the two youngest children were born.  The father is disabled due to an injury from stepping on a land mine in Somalia and was unable to work.  The mother and two eldest sons opened their own shop in Ethiopia and Djibouti selling clothing.  The eldest son also worked part time for IRC, and was able to learn English through his coworkers and later became an interpreter.  Now that they are in America, he is working at a hotel and dreams of attending college to study computer science.  The second eldest son is looking for work, and dreams of attending college to study engineering.  The mother plans to stay at home and care for her husband and the younger children.  The younger children were recently enrolled in school and are very excited.  The youngest son dreams of being a soccer star and the youngest daughter dreams of attending college.

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Our second family is also from Somalia, consisting of a brother and sister and the sister’s preteen son.  They fled Somalia with their parents when the brother was 6 and the sister was 17.  They lived in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.  They owned a general store in the camp and were able to finish High School through the UNICEF school at the camp.  The sister gave birth to her son in the camp.  They arrived to America 6 months ago.  The brother is currently working as a cook and is excited to be in America where he is able to live free, learn, work, and help his family.  The sister is also working and is thankful for the opportunities that are now available for her son’s future.  The son is enrolled in school and enjoying it.  He dreams of becoming a doctor or engineer.

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Our third family is originally from Rwanda, consisting of a mother, her four adult children, and two minor grandchildren.  The mother and 2 of her children fled Rwanda 20 years ago during the Rwandan genocide and lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where her other 2 children and one of the grandchildren were born in a refugee camp.  They were then forced to flee again from DRC when a war began there as well. They briefly went to Uganda, but the situation in Uganda at the time was also unstable, so they  returned to Rwanda briefly where the youngest grandchild was born.  They felt unwelcome in Rwanda, despite it being their original home, so they worked briefly and gathered the money and supplies needed to make their way to a refugee camp in Kenya.  They arrived in America 2 months ago and are very grateful to be here.  When asked what their favorite things about America are they responded with everything!   They particularly enjoy America’s safety and the respect Americans have for other people.  The eldest grandchild is enrolled in school and wants to study art in college.  One of the daughters dreams of becoming a doctor, and the son dreams of owning a construction company and also building his own house for the family to live in.

Deliveries: Jan 7, 2017

This week we will be delivering to 6 families in 2 teams!

Team #1 Families:

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Our first family is from Somalia consisting of an elderly mother, her adult daughter, and 2 adult granddaughters.   They left Somalia when the daughter was very young and stayed in a refugee camp in Kenya, where both grandchildren were born. They arrived to America 4 months ago.  They are all working on obtaining their GED, while the oldest granddaughter is also working as a caregiver.  They are sponsored by the grandmother’s son who has been in the United States for 7 years, and has been helpful in their adjustment.  They are happy to be in America.

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Our second family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) consisting of a single mother with 5 children. She is pregnant with the sixth.  They fled DRC 12 years ago due to ethnic and gender violence, and lived in Uganda.  The mother worked as a farmer in Uganda to provide food for the family.  They arrived in America in September.  They have had a rough adjustment, but are happy to be safe and the children are excited about school and their new life in America.

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Our first family is from Afghanistan, consisting of 2 adult relatives and their two minor relatives.  They fled Afghanistan in 2012 and stayed in a refugee camp in Pakistan for 4 years before coming to Phoenix in September.  The adult male worked laying tile and as a NATO Security Commander in Afghanistan.  He speaks good English and is currently looking for work with the assistance of his resettlement agency.  The family is slowing acclimating to life in the United States.  They are feeling safe and are very happy to be here.

 

Team #2 Families:

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Our first family is from Somalia, consisting of a single mother, her two sons and one daughter.  The mother fled Somalia 24 years ago and stayed in Yemen.  Her children were all born in Yemen.  They arrived in America 5 months ago.  The daughter is severely disabled and the middle son has some learning disabilities.  The eldest son has taken on responsibility and is a great help to his mother.  He is already enrolled in school and is learning English quickly.  The two younger children are waiting for special education enrollment.  The mother has an aunt and uncle who have been in America for several years, are well integrated, and are helping the family adjust and care for the children.  The eldest son dreams of being a doctor and is excited for the opportunity he now has to attend school and help his mother make a better life.

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The second family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consisting of a father, mother, and their 2 sons, age 5 and 1.  The father fled DRC many years ago and stayed in a camp in Kenya where he met his wife who had also fled to Kenya from the DRC with her family.  Both children were born in the refugee camp.  They arrived to America only 6 weeks ago.  The father has already begun working and the wife is planning to be a homemaker.  The father is happy to be able to work and provide for his family during their new life.  He has big dreams of his children attending college and becoming doctors, engineers, soccer stars, or any opportunity available to them now that they are in America.  The father understands English, and is working on his speaking skills.

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Our third family is from Somalia, consisting of a father, mother and their two young children, a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son.  They fled Somalia 10 years ago when both parents were teenagers and stayed in a refugee camp in Kenya.  They arrived to America 6 weeks ago.  The father is looking for work and is excited to be in America where there are better opportunities for his children.