We will visit a family from Afghanistan, who arrived on a Special Immigration Visa in November, directly from Afghanistan. The husband worked for the US Armed Forces back in Afghanistan and speaks English. The wife is a seamstress. She is taking classes to improve her skills and is hoping for a sewing machine to sew things to help her family’s income. Her priority now is to learn English and she goes to classes 4 days a week.This family has two young boys, ages 4 and 3. They are very grateful to the US for giving them refuge so that their boys can be safe. They have a friend here in Phoenix, but not close to where they live. They are hoping to reunite as soon as they are settled. Most of their family is still back in Afghanistan and they worry about their safety.
We will visit a second family from Afghanistan. The husband worked for the US Armed Forces for 11 years. He started as a dishwasher when he was only 13 and worked his way up to translator and heavy machine operator. The couple tells a lovely story of how they met. The husband was in a car accident. His friend and friend’s mother came to visit to check on him. His friend’s mother sought out this refugee’s mother and said she knew just the girl for him. He met her and realized right away she was the perfect woman for him. They married in 2013 and have two young children (ages 2 and 1). A fortunate car accident, it seems. The family arrived in Phoenix at the end of October. The father had a job interview a few days after the WTAP visit, for which he was hopeful. The wife is working on her English and her sewing skills and is anxious to have books and toys to play with her children. They are very happy to be safe here with their children.
And we will visit is a woman from Iraq. She arrived here in October with her friend and the friend’s 3 children. They all live together and have no other family or family in the USA.
The woman was so grateful for the WTAP visit. She said the volunteers were like the family she does not have here. When asked about how she liked America so far, she smiled. Through the translator, she said America is wonderful because there is peace and respect for all people and that these are things that are really important in life.