One family we will visit is from Cuba. The husband is thirty-eight years old and the wife is thirty-five years old. They arrived in the United States on May 27, 2015. The family fled Cuba due to the communist government’s strict control over the practice of religion in the country. The family experienced persecution due to their religious beliefs. The wife is a pediatrician while her husband is an electrical engineer. They left many family members in Cuba. However, the wife’s mother was very supportive of their decision to leave Cuba and seek a new life in the United States. Both the husband and wife would like to continue to work and achieve their professional goals here. The wife is attending school to gain US medical credentials. While they pursue work in their respective fields, they will take any work, in any capacity. They are very glad to be in America.
We will also visit a family of six from Congo who arrived in Arizona on August 19, 2015. The husband is twenty-nine years old while the wife is twenty-three years old. They have four children: two daughters (aged 9 and 7) and two sons (aged 11 and 3). The family fled the Congo to Uganda in 2010 due to the civil war in their country. The father continued his education in Uganda where he completed three years of high school. The wife worked as a nurse. All of the family members speak English, which will help them transition to life in their new community. In fact, all of the older children already attend school, in grades 6th, 4th and 2nd. The husband would like to study to become a pilot eventually. The wife is hoping to study to become a nurse in this country. The wife currently has employment in a hotel in Scottsdale. They are all very happy to be living in the safety and security of the United States where their children can receive a better education and thrive.
We will also visit a family of four from Burma. The husband is thirty-eight years old and the wife is thirty-one years old. The couple has two sons who are seven and three years old. The family fled their home in Burma and traveled to Malaysia due to the Burmese civil war. They arrived in the United States on September 2, 2015. The oldest son is already enrolled in school, in the first grade. This couple is pleased to know that their sons will receive a good education in the United States. Eventually they hope to be able to purchase their own home and be able to live “the American dream”.