Our first family is a mother and father with 7 children ages 22 to 14. They are from Afghanistan and fled from the Taliban about 13 years ago. At first the father went to Russia. Then the mother took all 7 children, at the time ages 9 to 1, to Pakistan. When the boys were old enough, about 13, they began to work in the market to provide money for the family. The father came to the U.S. 1 1/2 years ago. The rest of the family just arrived on April 29th. The mother is a very petite, quiet woman and the children are warm and welcoming. The mother would like to have a large teapot and the children asked for a computer.
Our second family is from Bhutan and has spent the last 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal. There is a mother and father with 3 children 17, 15, and 6. They arrived on May 11th, after waiting 3 years from the time they filled out the forms in Nepal. The father felt his English was not good, but did a great job telling us he was a tailor and showing us beautiful clothing he had made and was in the process of making. Since he has not found a job, yet, it is difficult for him to buy supplies like cloth and thread and he could really use an iron and ironing board. The daughters showed us 2 bikes they had, but could not ride due to flat tires. The children also asked for a computer.
Our third family, who are from Baghdad, Iraq, came here on May 10th. They are a couple with 5 young children, ages 11 to 2 1/2. The father had been threatened because he worked with a U.S. company in Baghdad. His English is outstanding. He told us about the flight to the U.S. where there had been a mix up and all the children sat in different parts of the plane, making for a long and difficult flight. He has recently found a job at the airport as a cashier. This family could use a crib, bikes, and television with a converter box.