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January 4, 2013

Cuban FlagThe first family we will be visiting is a single man (64) from Cuba. He came to the United States with his son, but now he lives in his own apartment. He was a grocer when he lived in Cuba and his son worked construction. The man and his son arrived in the United States in April. Since then, the son has found work. Unfortunately, the older man was in an accident and now he has trouble walking. Nonetheless, he enjoys making jokes and is excited to have his new apartment spruced up by WTAP volunteers.

Afghani FlagThe second family we will visit is a young married couple from Afghanistan. The man (26) and woman (23) arrived in the United States in October. The husband worked as a translator for the U. S. army in Afghanistan. His work for the United States endangered his life, and he and his wife came directly to the United States on a Special Immigration Visa. The wife is a college graduate with a degree in teaching. She worked as the principal at a kindergarten. She has already looked into enrolling in classes here at the community college to attain the proper certification to teach in Phoenix. The husband plans to support his wife while she finishes her educatione. He is hoping to find work soon.

Afghani FlagThe third family we will visit is also from Afghanistan. The father (29) and mother (27) have three children (ages 6, 5 and 2). They arrived in the United States in September. The father worked as a translator for the US Army for ten years when they lived in Afghanistan. His work put his family in danger, and they were able to the United States on a Special Immigration Visa. The mother continues to be a stay-at-home mom here, as she was in Afghanistan. The oldest child started school and is learning English quickly. The middle child will start school after the first of the year. This family has made some friends in their apartment complex, and they also have cousins in Phoenix.

 

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