We will welcome a mom and her 3 children from Afghanistan. The family fled Afghanistan in 2016, and was in Pakistan for 2 year before being granted asylum. The mother took care of her daughter, who is disabled, and her 2 sons, and she worked with the older son making rugs to support the family. The family arrived in Phoenix in April. The boys were enrolled in school and love it. In fact, the mother said they are sad to come home every day, wishing they could go to school day and night! The mother expressed how hard it is to resettle in a new home, especially without family or friends nearby, but indicated that she is so grateful to be here safely with her children.
We will also welcome a family of asylum seekers originally from Egypt. The family’s safety was endangered back home when they converted to Christianity. They fled to Hong Kong in 2015. The mother and 2 sons arrived here a few months ago; they are still waiting for the father to be granted asylum to join them here. In Egypt, the mother was an accountant and the father was a pharmacist. The children attended an American school where they learned English. In Hong Kong, the parents were not permitted to work, but the boys could attend school and continued to be taught in English. The mother said that her younger son doesn’t even remember any Arabic now. The boys are doing well in school. The family is happy to be here, but they miss their father.
And we will meet a couple from the Congo region of Africa who arrived here with their 5 month old son at the end of May 2018.
We will meet a family from Syria. A mother, father and 3 boys ages 16, 13 and 12. Dad is still waiting to get his papers to come to the states and hopes to soon join his family. Back in Syria, a 4 year old daughter had a liver disease and when the war started they couldn’t give her the medical attention needed. Unfortunately, she lost her battle to cancer. It was very devastating for the whole family. Their youngest son has the same disease and they knew that they need to leave the country to give him a chance to survive. They left Syria hoping to come to the US. They went to a refugee camp in Turkey for 2 1/2 years and arrived to the states in January of 2017. The boys are going to school and can’t wait for their dad to join them. Mom is working at a bakery to support herself and the kids.
We will also from Saudi Arabia who consists of a mom and 2 kids. Her son is 6 and daughter 5. The mother left a physically abusive marriage to protect herself and her kids. The mother is highly educated and was a bio chemist back home. When she came to the states she studied to be a pharmacy technician and now searching for a job to support her family.
We will also meet roommates in their early 30s from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They fled the dangers of war and have lived most of their loves in refugee camp. They arrived to AZ in May of this year.
We will meet three young people moving into their first apartments. Two women (Guatemal, Eritrea) and one man (Burundi). All three arrived to the United States as teenagers and were fostered by US families. We will learn more about their journeys when we welcome them to their new homes. They will be neighbors in the same apartment complex. We look forward to giving all three a proper welcome to America.