This Week’s Families

Deliveries: March 11, 2017

Our first visit is a young man form Afghanistan. He fled Afghanistan with his family when he was only 7 years old. He and his family lived in Pakistan, until they were attacked when he was 15. He then went, by himself, to Indonesia where he applied for asylum; he left his parents and 3 younger brothers behind. After 3 years of vetting, he was accepted for resettlement in the USA and arrived a little over 2 weeks ago.  He taught himself English, despite never having been allowed to attend school either in Afghanistan or Pakistan. He is determined to make his life better, to work hard, and hopes one day to be reunited with this family here.

Our second family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The mother fled DRC  with her family when she was only 2 years old. She lived in a refugee camp in Uganda for 20 years, where she met her husband who had also fled DRC with his own family.  They had thier first child in the camp.  The family arrived in Phoenix in July, and 2 months later had another baby. The mother stays at home with the children and the father has secured work at the airport. They are grateful to be in America and are looking forward to a safe life with their children.

Our third family is also from DRC. The mother fled DRC in 2002 with her 7 children. They lived in a refugee camp in Uganda for 15 years.  While in the camp, 2 more children were born.  This family of 11 arrived in 3 different phases. The 2 oldest adult boys in their mid 20s came first in August 2016. They were followed by their mom and 6 more siblings (3 young adults, 2 teenagers, and one preteen) in December 2016. The oldest sister (late 20s) was the final member to arrive in February 2017. The mom and 3 of the older children have begun working. The 3 youngest children are happily in school for the first time in their lives. This family is very excited to be all together again in a safe place they can call home.  They are grateful for their safety and the ability for the children/younger siblings to obtain an education.

Deliveries: March 4, 2017

Our first family is from Cuba, consisting of a husband and wife.  The husband was a computer engineer and the wife was a doctor.  They were sent to Venezuela through the Cuban Medical Program, a program through the Cuban government that forces medical professionals to work in other countries that trade with Cuba.  The medical professionals are treated as a commodity by the Cuban government to receive oil and minerals from other countries, and they often live and work in deplorable conditions in whatever country they are forced to go to.   They left Venezuela and went to Colombia before coming to the US less than a month ago.  They are attempting to transfer their credentials to the US so that they can work in their respective fields again, but are willing to take any job in the meantime, and are searching for work with the assistance of their resettlement agency.  They are very happy to be in America and the opportunity and quality of life they are now able to build for themselves.

Our second family is from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consisting of a husband, wife, and their four sons ranging in age from preteen to infant.

Our third family is also from DRC, consisting of a mother and her 2 children, and their grandmother.

Deliveries: Feb 25, 2017

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Our first family is from Somalia, consisting of 13 people.  The father and mother have 9 children, as well as a nephew and grandson living with them.  They fled Somalia 26 years ago when the parents were newlyweds.  They had to leave their house so quickly that they didn’t even bother to put on shoes.  They walked for a week until they reached Ethiopia.  They have family that fled the same time, but they were separated while walking, and believe they ended up in Yemen and Kenya, but aren’t sure and have not had contact with them since they fled.  They stayed in the refugee camp in Ethiopia and built their family, all 9 children were born in the camp.  The eldest daughter had a son in the camp as well.  The eldest daughter also worked for the IRC in the camp as a social worker for other women.  They arrived to Phoenix in December.  They have met some neighbors who have been very helpful in to transition and made it much smoother.  They have some cousins in Minnesota, and are considering moving there, but testing out Phoenix and trying to connect with the Somalian community here.  The father was told by his case manager shortly after they arrived that he wouldn’t know a true American welcome until WTAP, and after the Home Visit volunteers were leaving he said through his interpreter “My case worker was right!  Thank you thank you!”

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Our second family is from Syria, consisting of a father, mother and their two young children.  The father worked as an electrician and the mother was a homemaker.  The father said they had a very good life in Syria, but the war destroyed everything and death was everywhere.  They fled to Turkey 3.5 years ago, and the father was able to work as an electrician again, and they had their second son.  They were able to rest and start to build a new life in Turkey, however their eldest son has a rare blood disorder, and they were not able to get him the medical care he needs, so they decided to apply for resettlement so that they could be safe but also have adequate medical care for their son.  They arrived in Phoenix almost 3 months ago.  The mother is focused on setting up their son’s medical care, while the father is currently participating in the IRC “Job Club” and hopes to find work soon.  They are very grateful to be in America and have high hopes for their childrens’ futures.

 

Deliveries: Feb 18-19, 2017

This weekend we will have 2 Deliveries taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, Feb 18

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Our first family is from Pakistan, consisting of a father, mother and their 5 daughters.  The father was a physics teacher in Pakistan, but the family began to be persecuted for their faith.  The father was kidnapped and beaten in an attempt to make him disavow his faith.  He escaped, but the family was then starved because the local shopkeepers were also being threatened by terrorists to not sell any food or items to family’s outside their faith.  They were able to escape to Sri Lanka, but were unable to work and relied on the good will of others for a home and basic needs.  They applied to the UN for refugee resettlement and  arrived in Phoenix 2 months ago. The family is very appreciative of the freedoms and opportunities now available to them.  Mostly, they are grateful to be safe from harm with a “very bright future”.  And they are especially pleased to be able to practice their religion without fear.

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Our second family is from Cuba and includes a father, mother, and their teenage daughter.  The wife was a chemist, working in food processing.  The father was a physician, who participated in Cuba’s Medical Professionals Program and sent to South Africa.  Cuba often assigns physicians to other countries in exchange for resources (oil, minerals, etc.).   The medical practitioners have no say in these matters.  They are treated as a commodity.  The family fled to Miami and was granted asylum before moving to Arizona 3 months ago.  The father is studying to be a licensed US nurse so that he can continue to work in the medical field.  The daughter is a very talented musician and has already enrolled in a charter school that has a music program.  This family, with their many talents, had to leave everything behind in Cuba in order to live freely and without economic hardship.  They arrived with almost no possessions but are very ready to work hard to pursue the American dream. 

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Our third family is from Somalia, consisting of a mother and her young daughter. The mother fled Somalia with her family 10 years ago and stayed in a refugee camp in Kenya.  The mother gave birth to her daughter in the camp, but suffered an injury during a medical procedure and is now paralyzed.  The father left the family when the daughter was injured and has not been involved since.  The mother and daughter arrived to Phoenix 3 months ago.  They still have many family in the refugee camp.  The mother is working on learning English until her daughter is enrolled in school, and she then plans to find work with the help of her resettlement agency.  The mother is glad to be in America because she feels it was the best chance for her daughter to have a good life.

Sunday, Feb 19

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Our first family is from the Central African Republic, consisting of a father, mother, their young son and toddler daughter.  The father worked as a salesman in Chad and learned some English through that job.  They fled CAR and stayed in a refugee camp in Chad.  The father was able to complete a few years of high school but left so he could work to help his younger brother’s primary education.  They arrived in Phoenix 6 months ago and both parents are working in food preparation.  The father was recently attacked and robbed and hospitalized on the way home from work.  They fortunately have made many friends in their apartment complex and they have been able to help with the children while he recovers.  Their resettlement agency is working to have their son enrolled in Head Start and the daughter enrolled in daycare soon.  The parents are very happy to be in America and grateful for the opportunities their children have in their new home, America. 

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Our second family is from Afghanistan, consisting of a father, mother, their two sons and a daughter, all teenagers. The father worked for the US Coalition, first on an Afghan Outreach Program for the US military, and then as a Provisional District Development Manager under the US Agency for International Development (USAID).  Because of his involvement with the US, he and his family were threatened by insurgents and the Taliban.  They were able to come to the US on a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), an expedited refugee program for Iraqis and Afghanis that have assisted the US Coalition.  They arrived in Phoenix 2.5 weeks ago!  They have friends from Afghanistan that were resettled to Phoenix a few years ago who have helped them by loaning them furniture for their home and transporting them places.  The father speaks proficient English, but hopes to work soon and develop his English skills and potentially transfer his accounting degree to the US.  The eldest son plans to learn English through their resettlement agency and then find work to help support the family.  He also wants to attend college in the future.  The two younger siblings will enroll in High School soon and both dream of becoming doctors.  The mother plans to be a homemaker and is grateful that her children will now be able to live safely and fulfill their educational and professional goals.

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Our third family is from Sudan consisting of a mother, her two sons and two daughters.  The family fled Sudan in 1989 and stayed in Jordan.  Her husband was deported back to Sudan in 2014 and the family returned with him, but the mother and children were unable to handle the political situation in Sudan and returned to Jordan shortly after.  The family arrived in Phoenix 8 months ago, the father remains in Sudan.  The mother has been working making baked goods, but the public transportation route she needed to take required her to be away from home 11 hours a day, and put too much responsibility on her older children.  She has two children with special needs, one with epilepsy and the other has sickle cell anemia.  She has some friends who are helping her find new employment, and potentially will begin working at the airport soon.  The mother hopes to continue improving her English and dreams of becoming a social worker.  All her children are in school, and they love it!  Her children are ambitious; her eldest daughter wants to be a dentist, her younger daughter hopes to be a doctor, and her older son wants to become a pilot.

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.