On Saturday, we will visit a family of seven from Eritrea. They fled from Ethiopia after being in a Refugee camp for 10 years and arrived in the US in June 2018. The husband works at the airport while the mother stays at home. They have 5 children – 3 sons (17 years, 13 years and 14 months old) and 2 daughters (21 years and 16 years old). The children are enjoying going to school and have great grades. The two older boys are excelling on the track team at their high school and all the family members are soccer fans. The mother also enjoys crocheting and cooking.
We will also visit a family from Afghanistan who arrived in October 2018. The mother and father have two sons (9 years and 3 years old). The 9-year old loves school in America and is continuing to learn English. He is very excited for a computer to help with his English as well. The mother speaks little English and is taking classes to learn. The family enjoys soccer and the boys love all sorts of toys, especially cars. The family said it was difficult not having transportation at first, but now the husband has a car. The mother works as a housekeeper at the Phoenician. They love America and all of the different culture it has to offer.
We will meet a family from Afghanistan as well. They arrived three months ago, and did not know anyone in the area when moving here. They do not speak English and it has been a difficulty transition. The parents have three children – two sons (13 years and 9 years old), and a five-year old daughter. The children are learning English in school and enjoying it. The husband has not found work yet because of the language barrier and having to care for his 9-year-old handicap son.
We will meet a family from Afghanistan who has only been in the United States for a few weeks. They include a husband and wife and their four children (girls 9 and 5, boys 3 and 3 months. They are lucky that the husband’s brother and family live nearby. The husband has an expertise in IT and is pursuing such jobs. He worked in IT related jobs in Afghanistan before life became too dangerous for him to continue his employment. The family is fast learning English very happy to be here and safe.. They look forward to our visit.
We will need a second family, a single mom and her five children. We will learn more about this family during our visit.
We will visit a family of four from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The couple and their two children (son 20, daughter 17) arrived in August of this year. The husband and wife fled civil war in DRC with her oldest children almost 20 years ago. They remained in a refugee camp until their arrival to the US. The father worked in healthcare and education in the refugee camps. Their son has already found work here and their daughter is in school. The father was looking for work but was hit by a car while riding his bicycle and is recovering from an injury. Sadly, not all the family is in the United States. Some older children remain behind in the refugee camp.
We will also meet two families who live together, all of whom are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They arrived at different times during the summer. There are two adult females and five children (boys ages 5, 13, 19; girls age 12, 18). The family fled DRC in 2001 and found safety in a Burundi refugee camp. The children lived in the refugee camp for all of their lives before coming to Arizona. The family is fast learning English with the older siblings holding jobs to support the family.
We will meet a third family from DRC as well. The home includes a mother (age 72) and her children and grandchildren (female ages 35, 27, 16, 8; males ages 18, 3). Most of their lives were spent in refugee camps in Rwanda. They arrived in separate groups over the past few months and are happy to be reunited in Phoenix.