This Week’s Families

Deliveries Feb 11, 2017

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Our first family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consisting of a mother, her 6 children, and their grandfather. They worked as maize farmers in DRC.  The grandmother and uncle were killed during the civil war in DRC and the family fled to Uganda, where they lived in a refugee camp for 12 years, 4 of the children were born in the camp.  Their father left the camp with another woman and lives in Tennessee.  They arrived in Phoenix 3 months ago and the children are enrolled in school.  The mother is learning English and hopes to find a job soon.

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Our second family is from Iraq, consisting of a father, mother and their young daughter.  The father worked in a restaurant in Iraq, and the mother was a homemaker.  They fled Iraq 3 years ago due to the ongoing violence and stayed in Turkey, where the father was able to work as a waiter until they were resettled to Phoenix almost 3 months ago.  They are learning English quickly, the father and mother have already begun working and hope to save enough money to buy a car soon.  The young daughter is very talkative and friendly and attends a preschool.  They are very grateful to be in America.

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Our third family is also from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consisting of a mother and her 3 children.  The mother left DRC with 3 of her children 11 years ago and stayed in a refugee camp in Uganda.  She met a man in the refugee camp who helped protect and provide for them, and they had one child together who was born in the camp.  They arrived in Phoenix 4 years ago, but the father of the youngest child was not able to come with them to Arizona because they were not married and he is not a refugee.  The oldest daughter is currently working, the two middle children are attending school and the youngest stays home with mom but will begin school next Fall.  Mom has some health issues she is being treated for before she is able to work.  They are all very happy to be in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deliveries: Feb 4, 2017

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All 3 of our families this week are from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our first family consists of a grandmother, her son and her granddaughter.  17 years ago, when the son was very young, the father was killed, so the mother, and her 2 of her 3 sons fled to Uganda where they stayed in a refugee camp.  The 3rd son and his wife stayed in DRC but were later killed as well and their young daughter is now being cared for by her uncle and grandmother.  The other son was resettled to Phoenix at the same time with his own wife and young child.  They all arrived in Phoenix 3 months ago.  The granddaughter is enrolled in school and enjoying it.  She is learning English quickly and has made a few friends.  The son is not yet working, but is eagerly looking for a job to help his family.  He dreams of becoming a doctor later so that he can go back to Africa and help other refugees and to provide a good life for his niece.  The family’s favorite thing about America is the ability to have housing and to live safely, and also pizza!

Our second family consists of a mother, her adult twin daughters, adult son, and 2 young grandsons.  They arrived in Phoenix 2.5 months ago.

Our third family consists of a husband, wife, and their 7 children.  The mother and father left DRC over 20 years ago, fled to Uganda where they stayed in a refugee camp.  All of the children were born in the camp, where they were able to complete elementary school through a UNICEF program in the camp.  The parents both grew up in rural farming families in DRC and continued to farm once in Uganda.  They arrived in Phoenix 3 months ago, and the husband is working at a car rental company, washing and detailing cars; the mother and daughter are still looking for work with the help of their resettlement agency.  The rest of the children are enrolled in school and enjoying it.  The adult doctor dreams of becoming a doctor.  The parents dream of buying a car and house someday.

 

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.

Deliveries: Dec 31, 2016

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Our first family comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, consisting of a mother, her two daughters and three sons.  She fled DRC with her family 20 years ago when she was a teenager.  Her family were farmers, and she worked as a maid and cook in the refugee camp in Tanzania in order to help her family and to then support her own children.  All of the children were born in the camp.  They arrived to the US in the late summer, and all children are now enrolled in school and learning English quickly.  The family is excited to be in America and make it their first real home. 

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Our second family is from Cuba, consisting of a husband and wife.  The husband is a lawyer and the wife is a physician.  They fled Cuba, due to poor living conditions and food scarcity due to government corruption. They fled to Brazil where they stayed until arriving to Phoenix late November.  They are excited about the opportunities available in America and are looking forward to the rewards of living in a free society.

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Our third family is a young man from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  He fled to Rwanda first, then Kenya.  He was able to finish 2 years of High School during his 2 years in Rwanda, and then spent 3 years in Kenya where he worked as a barber, before arriving to Phoenix in October.  His goal is to find a job, finish High School, and then attend college.  He learned English while in Kenya through listening to the radio and watching movies, and he speaks it well.  His older sister was resettled to America previously and is settled, he is living with her and she is helping in his integration.

 

Family Bios: Dec 17, 2016

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The first family we will be visiting are two roommates, an 18 year old from Afghanistan, and a 28 year old from Iran.  The man from Afghanistan left with his mother and 2 brothers when he was 2 years old, his older brother was 4 and his younger brother was a baby.  They grew up in Pakistan, were able to attend school, and he has completed 9th grade.  His older brother and him moved to Indonesia when he was 14 to find work.  His older brother was resettled to Australia shortly after they arrived in Indonesia, and he was resettled to America less than a month ago.  His younger brother and mother remain in Pakistan.  He hopes to find a job, obtain his GED, and then study Economics in college.  He speaks fluent English, as well as 4 other languages.  The other roommate fled Iran and lived in Turkey where he met his wife.  He was resettled to America less than a week ago.  He hopes to find a job soon and file for his wife to join him in America later.

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The second family we will visit are from Eritrea, consisting of a 48 year old woman and her 64 year old disabled mother.  The daughter’s family is Muslim, and she married a Christian.  Tensions between the two religions are tense in Eritrea, and she felt discrimination due to her marriage from the community as well as their own families.  Her husband worked for the government, and was kidnapped by them.  The government demanded the wife pay a ransom.  She was able to negotiate with them that she needed some time to get the money, so they released her.  She took the opportunity to flee the country with her elderly mother.  They fled to Sudan, then Iraq, then Egypt and were resettled in America 3 months ago.  The daughter understands English well, but is working on developing her speaking skills.  When asked what her favorite things about America are so far, she responded with Peace and Freedom.  The mother has filed for Social Security disability, and the daughter hopes to enroll as her caregiver, so that between those 2 sources of income they will be able to support themselves.

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Our third family is from Iran, consisting of a father, mother, and their 2 children, ages 18 and 10.  They fled Iran 2 years ago and lived in Turkey before resettling in Phoenix one month ago.  The father worked a salesman in Iran, selling farm equipment, and the wife was a homemaker.  The father is looking for work and hopes to find a job soon.  The eldest son studied English previously and speaks it well.  He hopes to study for his GED and find a part time job to help the family.  The younger son will be starting school in January and is very excited.  They already have extended family living in America, and they have been very supportive in helping them integrate.

Family Bios: December 3, 2016

We will have 2 Delivery teams this weekend for a total of 6 families.

Delivery #1

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Our first family is a husband and wife and their two year old son from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The mother is also pregnant and due in February.  The family resettled to America almost 2 months ago.  The father fled DRC four years ago due to the war going on there and lived in a camp in Uganda.  His wife’s family fled DRC over twenty years ago and had lived in the camp in Uganda all that time.  The father worked as a DJ while still living in DRC, and then learned to be a farmer in the camp.  He hopes to find work soon, preferably in the music industry.  Most of their family remains at the refugee camp or DRC, but the wife’s brother who was resettled to America at the same time as them. He was an interpreter while at the refugee camp and speaks proficient English.  They are all happy to be in America.

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Our second family is from Somalia consisting of a father, mother and their 9 year old son. The family resettled to America almost 2 months ago.  In Somalia, the father worked as a successful farmer and goat herder, with over 200 goats.  He fled Somalia in 1992 and lived in the refugee camp in Kenya.  He met his wife in the camp and their son was born there.  The mother plans to be a homemaker, the son will be enrolled in school soon, and the father is looking for work with help from his resettlement agency.  He hopes to find work caring for animals.

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Our third family is from Democratic Republic of Congo, consisting of a father, mother, their 2 sons, age 9 and 7, and a daughter aged 3.  They arrived in America a little over 2 months ago.  The mother’s family fled DRC in 1992 and lived in a camp in Tanzania.  The mother and father met in the camp and all 3 children were born there.  The father has already found employment, and the two older children are enrolled in school.

Delivery #2

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Our first family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo consisting of a husband and wife and their adult son.  The father was a French teacher and traveled back and forth from Rwanda to DRC.  He worked at a school in DRC where he met his wife, a Geography teacher.  The violence in DRC escalated and they fled to a camp in Tanzania.  They have been in the US for 2 months.  They are expecting one of their other children and their 3 grandchildren to be resettled to Phoenix as well in the coming months.  The husband also understand English well and speaks proficiently.   They are happy to be in America and start their new lives.

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Our second family is from Afghanistan, consisting of a husband and wife.  The husband worked for the US Military and thus his life was in danger.  They were granted a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) and came to America less than a month ago.  The wife’s brother also worked for the US Military, was granted a SIV 2 years ago, speaks fluent English and is helping them to integrate.

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Our third family is a single woman from Iran.  She fled Iran due to persecution from the government due to her religion, Bahai.  She stayed in Turkey until she was resettled to the US 6 months ago.  She obtained a Bachelors and Masters in Psychology before fleeing Iran, and worked as a counselor in Iran and Turkey.  She is currently working at a grocery store, but hopes to be able to transfer her credentials and work as a counselor again.  She understands English well, but is still developing speaking skills.  She is glad to be in America.

 

Family Bios: Nov 19, 2016

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Our first visit is a 26 year old woman from Somalia.  She fled Somalia 8 years ago and lived in Kenya before being resettled to America 2 months ago.  Most of her family remains in Somalia, including her 10 year old daughter, whom she left with her mother before fleeing.  She was originally placed with a roommate, but the roommate has decided to move elsewhere.  She hopes to have a new roommate soon.  She is grateful to be in America, is working on learning English, hopes to find a job soon and eventually apply for reunification with her daughter.

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Our second  visit is a young 20 year old man from Eritrea.  At age 15 he was taken from school and his family to fight in the Eritrean military.  He escaped to Ethiopia where he stayed for 5 years.  His 14 year old brother arrived with him and was placed with a foster family through the unaccompanied minor program.  He is able to visit with his brother biweekly.  His mother, father, and 9 other siblings remain in Eritrea.  He was a very good student in Eritrea, and also learned some English there.  He understands English well, but has difficulty speaking it.  Right now he is focusing on developing his English and hopes to study computers.  He also loves music and played the piano in Eritrea.

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Our third visit is with two roommates who came from Cuba.  One was a Dentist and the other was a Physical Therapist.  They enrolled in the Cuban Medical Professional Program where they were sent to Venezuela.  They then escaped and traveled to Columbia, then Miami, then Phoenix.  The entire journey from Venezuela to Phoenix took 2 years.  One has recently begun working and the other has a job she will start soon.  Both are glad to be in America.