One family includes of mom, 2 sons (age 16 & 18) and 1 daughter (age 22). They arrived in AZ in June of 2018 but over to Idaho, then moved to Pittsburgh and now Phoenix. They are happy to be where it is warmer and no snow! The mother left her village in 1998 due to war and many killings in her area. She fled to many different places in the Congo until she finally made it to Burundi and had been in a refugee camp since 2002. The youngest son was born in the camp. When mom lived in the Congo and in the refugee camp she worked as a teacher for International Rescue Committee and spoke to women and children about domestic violence. Mom has a heart condition now that makes it difficult to work. The children attend school and are hoping to get a job very soon.
We will also be visiting a family of 4 (soon to be 6) from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This family consists of a father, mother, son (age 3), and daughter (age 2). They recently found out that the mother is pregnant with twins, and they are expected to be born in May of 2019. This family arrived in Phoenix on June 12th of this year. The father left the DRC to Kenya, where he lived in a refugee camp for 8 years. The mother also left the DRC to Kenya, where she lived in a refugee camp for 9 years. They met each other in Kenya, and both of their children were born in the camp. In Kenya, the father owned a small business within the camp. Currently, the father is employed at Papa John’s here in Phoenix. The mother also found a job, and is working at a hotel. Although the two young kids are not in school yet, their parents hope that they become successful though their education in America, and hope for the whole family to learn English. They are also excited, and trying to prepare for the twins in the upcoming year.
And we will visit a third family from DRC that includes four children ages 1 through 7.