We will visit 3 families from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
One family is a family of 7: mom, dad and 5 children. Both the mom and dad are orphans. The father said that his life in Congo, especially as an orphan, was hard and sad. He fled to Tanzania in 1999. His wife fled the same year. Years later, met in the camp and were married. All five of their children were born in Tanzania.The children who were old enough, were able to attend school in camp. Since arriving here in April, the older children have been thriving in school. Dad even bragged that a couple of the older ones are doing so well with their English that they served as translators last time the family had to go to a doctor’s appointment. Mom and dad have both secured jobs: dad works the third shift, in the night, and mom heads to work when dad gets home in the early morning hours. It is hard, but this way there is always someone with the children. The family is happy to be here together, safe in their new home.
We’ll visit a family who also fled to Tanzania from the DRC. Mom left in 1996, when she was just a young girl. She met her husband and got married in camp, but she is in the US alone with her 5 children. The family arrived in June and so the children have recently started school. Mom has secured a job and has a neighbor girl, who speaks both Swahili and English, babysit when she is at work. Mom says they are all happy. She is thankful that WTAP will be able to bring some colorful artwork for her walls and items to help her keep her house clean.
A third family also followed the route to safety through Tanzania. Mom and Dad fled DRC with 2 small children and a baby on the way. During the 22 years the family spent in a refugee camp, 5 more children were born and the oldest daughter has 2 children of her own. Now 11 live together in a home in Phoenix. (Fun side note: The home this family rents is owned by a landlord who buys houses, remodels them and then rents specifically to refugees. Good people doing good work!) Most of the family arrived in May. The older son was on a separate case from the rest of the family and only arrived in August. There is still one sister who remains in camp. The family is hoping she is able to come soon and complete their family of 12. The children are all doing well in school and improving their English. One of the older daughters has secured work. The family asked to thank the WTAP volunteers for your good work.