This week we will be delivering to 6 families in 2 teams!
Team #1 Families:
Our first family is from Somalia consisting of an elderly mother, her adult daughter, and 2 adult granddaughters. They left Somalia when the daughter was very young and stayed in a refugee camp in Kenya, where both grandchildren were born. They arrived to America 4 months ago. They are all working on obtaining their GED, while the oldest granddaughter is also working as a caregiver. They are sponsored by the grandmother’s son who has been in the United States for 7 years, and has been helpful in their adjustment. They are happy to be in America.
Our second family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) consisting of a single mother with 5 children. She is pregnant with the sixth. They fled DRC 12 years ago due to ethnic and gender violence, and lived in Uganda. The mother worked as a farmer in Uganda to provide food for the family. They arrived in America in September. They have had a rough adjustment, but are happy to be safe and the children are excited about school and their new life in America.
Our first family is from Afghanistan, consisting of 2 adult relatives and their two minor relatives. They fled Afghanistan in 2012 and stayed in a refugee camp in Pakistan for 4 years before coming to Phoenix in September. The adult male worked laying tile and as a NATO Security Commander in Afghanistan. He speaks good English and is currently looking for work with the assistance of his resettlement agency. The family is slowing acclimating to life in the United States. They are feeling safe and are very happy to be here.
Team #2 Families:
Our first family is from Somalia, consisting of a single mother, her two sons and one daughter. The mother fled Somalia 24 years ago and stayed in Yemen. Her children were all born in Yemen. They arrived in America 5 months ago. The daughter is severely disabled and the middle son has some learning disabilities. The eldest son has taken on responsibility and is a great help to his mother. He is already enrolled in school and is learning English quickly. The two younger children are waiting for special education enrollment. The mother has an aunt and uncle who have been in America for several years, are well integrated, and are helping the family adjust and care for the children. The eldest son dreams of being a doctor and is excited for the opportunity he now has to attend school and help his mother make a better life.
The second family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consisting of a father, mother, and their 2 sons, age 5 and 1. The father fled DRC many years ago and stayed in a camp in Kenya where he met his wife who had also fled to Kenya from the DRC with her family. Both children were born in the refugee camp. They arrived to America only 6 weeks ago. The father has already begun working and the wife is planning to be a homemaker. The father is happy to be able to work and provide for his family during their new life. He has big dreams of his children attending college and becoming doctors, engineers, soccer stars, or any opportunity available to them now that they are in America. The father understands English, and is working on his speaking skills.
Our third family is from Somalia, consisting of a father, mother and their two young children, a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son. They fled Somalia 10 years ago when both parents were teenagers and stayed in a refugee camp in Kenya. They arrived to America 6 weeks ago. The father is looking for work and is excited to be in America where there are better opportunities for his children.