The first family we will visit is from Chad. There is a mother who is 46 years old and four daughters who are 14, 17, 19, and 22. The oldest daughter has a three week old daughter, while the 19 year old daughter is expecting a son soon. This family fled Chad to Gabon in 1993 because of the war in their country. The mother worked cleaning houses until they were granted permission to come to Phoenix in March. They are adjusting to life in Phoenix yet they still enjoy the traditional clothing of their country. They were a little homesick when they first arrived, but now that they have met friends, they are happy to be here.
The next family we will visit is from Central Africa. There is a single mother, who is 24 and has four young children. She has a 5 year old, a 3 year old, and 2 year old twins. This family fled Central Africa in 2009 and lived in a refugee camp until they arrived in Arizona in April. While living in the refugee camp the mother was able to work occasionally cleaning houses. The mother’s own mother and siblings also live in Phoenix. The mother is anxious to learn English. Due to the number of small children living in the home she will be taught at home.