We will visit a family from Eritrea. A mother and young daughter escaped the war in their country in 2000. Her son followed them to a refugee camp in Ethiopia in 2011. All 3 family members arrived here in Phoenix, although separately, in the last couple of months. In Eritrea, the young man was a shepherd. He hopes to learn English and look for work here soon. He is also hoping to bring his wife and small child here to the USA. They stayed behind in Ethiopia to care of the wife’s ailing mother. So, while he is happy to be here, and very grateful for the support of the Welcome to America Project, he is missing his family.
We will visit a family from Somalia who arrived to the United States in October of 2017. They are originally from Somalia. They fled Somalia many years ago and were in Kenya in a refugee camp for 24 years. All of the children were born. The couple have two boys, ages 9 and 7 and three girls, ages 12, 4 and 1. The father worked as a waiter in a hotel in Kenya and hoping to have a similar to provide for his family. He’s a very hard worker and dreaming for a good future in the United States.
And we will visit a family from Afghanistan, the husband having worked for US military in Afghanistan doing steel rebar work. They came to the States two months ago on a special immigration visa (SIV). His sister and her husband moved to Arizona 4 years ago and she’s been helpful with their adjustment. The husband hopes for a computer so he can perfect his English and hopes to find a job in construction to show his skills. The couple have two sons, ages 12 and 3 and two daughters, ages 9 and 5, all of whom are enjoying school.