Our first family is a mother age 27 and three children, a girl 8, a boy 6 and a girl 5. They are from Burma and speak the Kaya language. Our interpreter was Karen so we were unable to get much information. They arrived here in Phoenix from a refugee camp in Thailand at the end of May this year. The mother lived in the refugee camp for 10 years. The children are not in school yet as they wait for necessary immunizations. They seemed to be happy and energetic children.
Our second family is composed of a father and mother ages 45 and 42 with six children, one girl age 19, and 5 boys ages 15, 11, 7, 4, and 1. They are Burmese and arrived here in Phoenix from a refugee camp in Thailand at the end of May this year. They speak Karen. They also lived in the refugee camp for 10 years. They were rice farmers in Burma. Two of their children were born there and the others were born in Thailand. Three of the boys were in school and the parents said they love school. The 19 year old girl would like some clothes. They are studying English.
Our third family is a father and mother ages 33 and 32 with 2 girls ages 11 and 5 and a boy age 1. The mother is expecting another baby in September. They are Burmese speaking Chin. They seem to be very organized and tidy, smiling and happy. They left Burma 3 years ago to go to Malaysia. They are very happy to be here and look forward to a good education for their children.