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Family Bios: January 18, 2020

This Saturday, we will meet a family which includes two sisters, their brother and cousins living in two separate apartments of the same complex.  They are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but due to wars and conflict they fled to Burundi in 1996.  They lost their parents in the conflict.  While living in Burundi, they made a living doing whatever they could – styling hair & doing hair braiding.   They attended school off and on.  Now that they are in America, they are very happy to be here, are looking forward to improving their English, finding work, and the older boys getting their GEDs.  One of the sisters who loves to cook does the cooking for the entire family.  The other sister loves to sew, and is hoping to get a sewing machine, and dreams of designing clothing and selling her clothing.

We will also meet a family who is originally from Iraq, having lived there during the Sadam Hussein regime.  Living their lives in fear, they left Iraq in 2003 during the Iraqi war.  They fled to Jordan where they lived for 10 years and one son was born.  In 2011 they came to America, living in Florida where their second son was born, then relocated to Arizona.  Although they are happy to be in the US and have found safety and opportunity, they have suffered many challenges, including the ceiling caving in on one of their apartments, badly injuring the father’s leg.  One of their sons struggles from disabilities, but they are finding services that are available that can help them.  The mother is trying to find work to help support the family.

Family Bios: December 28, 2019

We’ll meet a family from Afghanistan who arrived just a few weeks ago. They fled harsh, wartime conditions in their home country, first to Iran, then Turkey. They have been away from Afghanistan for at least 7 years. The family includes a husband, wife, 9 year old son and 5 year old daughter. The children have started school. The family is learning English together.

We’ll also meet a family from Burma who first fled persecution to Malaysia. They have been in USA for 4 months. The family includes a husband, wife and 4 year old daughter. The husband was a welder in Malaysia. He has already found work here tending to golf courses. The daughter is not yet in school. The family speaks a unique, regional language, Lai, but is learning English quickly.

And we’ll meet a family from Democratic Republic of Congo that includes an emerging soccer star. The family includes three generations. A mom, her 23 year old daughter, her three sons (20, 20 and 22) and her 2 grandchildren. They arrived to USA in August 2019. We’ll learn more about the family, including soccer prowess, when we meet them on Saturday.