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Family Bios: February 2, 2019

This week, we are happy to welcome an Ethiopian family of three who lived in Nairobi, Kenya. The parents worked hard at odd jobs to make ends meet. The father worked as a street vendor selling water and snacks. The mother worked at a hair salon and at a coffee shop. Although the parents are both from Ethiopia, they did not meet until they each fled to Nairobi. Their young son is 5 years old and is already adapting well to the new environment. His current interests include watching movies and playing soccer with his father. The whole family is settling comfortably into their new home and are excited for the opportunities the U.S. will provide for them.

Also, we will be meeting a Congolese family of four, but soon to be five with an expecting mother. After fleeing difficult individual circumstances as chikdren, the parents settled into a refugee camp where they eventually met. While at the refugee camp, the father taught mathematics to other refugees, since he was a high school teacher prior to his move. Although they have only been in the U.S. for a short time, the parents are working hard to learn English. The father is currently looking for a job to support his growing family. Overall, the family is happy to begin a new chapter here in the U.S.

Lastly, we are excited to be welcoming a gentleman from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was a former barber and tailor. He fled DRC and settled in a refugee camp in Malawi for 7 years. He is currently living in an apartment with three other refugee individuals. Although he is not employed, he actively seeking job opportunities available here in the U.S.