General Information About Refugees and Newcomers

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General Information About Refugees and Newcomers

  1. 1. <ul><li>“ The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>---Ghandi </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who is a Refugee? <ul><li>Someone found outside his/her home country who has a “well founded fear of persecution” because of his/her: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Race, religion, nationality, social group membership or political opinion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who is in Lansing? <ul><li>Afghans </li></ul><ul><li>Bhutanese </li></ul><ul><li>Bosnians </li></ul><ul><li>Burmese </li></ul><ul><li>Burundians </li></ul><ul><li>Congolese </li></ul><ul><li>Croats </li></ul><ul><li>Cubans </li></ul><ul><li>Ethiopians </li></ul><ul><li>Eritreans </li></ul><ul><li>Hmong </li></ul><ul><li>Iranians </li></ul><ul><li>Iraqis </li></ul><ul><li>Kurds </li></ul><ul><li>Liberians </li></ul><ul><li>Meskhetian Turks </li></ul><ul><li>Somali / Bantu Somali </li></ul><ul><li>Sudanese </li></ul><ul><li>Vietnamese </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrants from all continents of the world </li></ul><ul><li>And many others. . . </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2010 Statistics <ul><li>In 2010 the RDC: </li></ul><ul><li>Offered services to 850+ people representing over 40 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Secured over 300 volunteers </li></ul>*St Vincent Catholic Charities/Refugee Services 648 people resettled in FY 2010*
  5. 5. Coming To America
  6. 6. What children may face <ul><li>Yet another move / life outside a refugee camp </li></ul><ul><li>School and language pressures </li></ul><ul><li>Traumas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lost parents, hunger, violence, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unexpected and unbalanced responsibilities within their families </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inverted power structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poverty in the “Land of Opportunity” </li></ul>
  7. 7. By surviving life threatening and dangerous war situations, children may have learned:* <ul><li>1. The world is NOT a safe place 2. Parents and other adults cannot protect you 3. You cannot trust anyone 4. You are hopeless 5. You are powerless 6. Violence is a way to resolve conflicts 7. Others will respect you if they fear you 8. Death can happen at any time 9. Tomorrow may never come </li></ul><ul><li>* Center for Victims of Torture (www.cvt.org) </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is the Pathway Out? <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>& Opportunity </li></ul>
  9. 9. It Takes a Community to Welcome Newcomers <ul><li>Partners : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lansing School District </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>65 countries, 51 languages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MSU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peckham Industries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christ Lutheran Church & the Greater Lansing Faith Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resettlement Agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donors, Funders & Friends </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Doing Our Part: <ul><li>History & Mission </li></ul><ul><li>What we Offer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drop in assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL Classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth/Parent Programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities to learn & make new friends </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. 2011 Road Map <ul><li>Youth Programming : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After school tutoring, youth groups, summer camp, support groups (Somali Girls & Ele’s Place, bullying, pen pals) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adults: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL, parent groups, drop In services etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Events: & Collaboration: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World Refugee Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community / State Initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Greater Lansing Alliance Against Hate Crimes, RS Advisory Council, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Fundraising Efforts : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RDC Signature event, letters, 3 rd party events </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Thank you for joining our cause!

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