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Family Bios: September 16, 2017

We’ll visit a family originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo from where they fled 20 years ago because of war in the country. Before coming to the United States in July of this year, they lived in a refugee camp called Changwamein Uganda. The family consists of a mother & father, and 6 children, 4 girls and 2 boys, ages 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, and 1. All but the youngest two are in school. When the family lived in the Congo, the father worked as a farmer. She is searching to find employment here in Phoenix. The family is so grateful to be here in Arizona.

 

 

This family also is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo from where they fled in 2011 because of war in the country. They lived in a refugee camp in Malawi until they immigrated to the United States in June 2017. The family consists of the mother, age 36, and two daughters, ages 6 and 17. Her husband went missing when they were fleeing from the Congo, and the family just found out that he is alive and living in Mozambique. They are hopeful that he may be reunited with the family in the future. The two daughters are enrolled in school, and they are learning English as is the mother who is taking language classes. When the family lived in the Congo, the father worked as a farmer and a barber. The mother did work as a tailor in the refugee camp to support the family. She is currently looking for employment, and her resettlement agency is helping her locate a job. The older daughter was present during the visit, and she shared that her goal is to learn English and then she hopes to study medicine and become a doctor. The family is thankful that they are now living in a stable and peaceful environment in Arizona.

 

We’ll also visit a young women from Mexico, age 20, who arrived as a minor and has been in a foster home.  We will help settle her into her first apartment.  She works and attends school.