General Information about Refugees and NewcomersPresentation Transcript
“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others." ---Ghandi
Who is a Refugee? Someone found outside his/her home country who has a “well founded fear of persecution” because of his/her: Race, religion, nationality, social group membership or political opinion 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
Who is in Lansing?
Somali / Bantu Somali
Immigrants from all continents of the world
Andmany others. . .
2010 Statistics 648 people resettled in Lansing in FY 2010* In 2010 the RDC: Offered services to 850+ people representing over 40 countries Secured over 300 volunteers *St Vincent Catholic Charities/Refugee Services
Coming To America
What children may face Yet another move / life outside a refugee camp Traumas lost parents, hunger, violence, etc School and language pressures Unexpected and unbalanced responsibilities within their families Inverted power structure Poverty in the “Land of Opportunity”
By surviving life threatening and dangerous war situations, children may have learned:* 1. The world is NOT a safe place2. Parents and other adults cannot protect you3. You cannot trust anyone4. You are hopeless5. You are powerless6. Violence is a way to resolve conflicts7. Others will respect you if they fear you8. Death can happen at any time9. Tomorrow may never come *Center for Victims of Torture (www.cvt.org)
What is the Pathway Out? Education Support & Opportunity
It Takes a Community to Welcome Newcomers Partners: Lansing School District 65 countries, 51 languages MSU Peckham Industries Christ Lutheran Church & the Greater Lansing Faith Community Resettlement Agencies Donors, Funders & Friends
Doing Our Part: History & Mission What we Offer: ESL Classes Drop in assistance Youth Programming Summer Camp Tutoring School orientations Parent Programming – orientations & groups Advocacy