Refugee Resettlement (cont)

Here is a fun article about our efforts as reported in the NPCA e-newsletter.

http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/articles/a-syrian-family-finds-a-new-home-thanks-to-rpcvs?mc_cid=8337c86c77&mc_eid=5222b36d88


After the November CARV meeting, Alberta went into action and FOUND A JOB for the father of our Syrian family in his field of shoemaking! If you have shoes in need of repair, take them to Clarence Shoe Repair at 6089 Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge. CARV members also identified two fluent Arabic speakers who have met the family and are eager to translate, a program for international patients at Children's Hospital, a Bosnian refugee with a house to donate, a food not-for-profit that is eager to teach healthy cooking skills, and more.

On Thanksgiving, six CARV members and their family and friends joined with Mayada, Bassam and the children for the Syrian family's first Thanksgiving dinner in America.

CARV members have been active in the effort to help refuges settle in Cincinnati this year, partnering with Catholic Charities. We have helped stage household goods and moved families into their new homes. We have helped provide transportation to doctors' appointments, taught ESL classes and worked at the World Refugee Day celebration.

NPR broadcast a series of stories about a church group in New Jersey who is assisting a Syrian refugee family. Their experiences will resonate with all RPCVs and especially those who have worked with refugees. Here are links to transcripts:


http://www.npr.org/2016/09/14/493881290/n-j-church-group-to-resettle-syrian-refugee-family-with-special-needs

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/15/494043613/syrian-refugee-family-knows-english-is-the-key-to-independence

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/16/494199304/syrian-refugee-gets-free-dental-care-from-a-dentist-who-also-was-a-refugee

If you would like to become more involved, contact Susan Robinson at sjrobinson@fuse.net
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