Refugee Transitions: "Who and Where We Serve"

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  • Who and How?
  • Myanmar, a.k.a. Burma, has been ruled by a military dictatorship since 1962. Due to conflict between the government and ethnic nationalist armies, as well as general political strife, there are more than half a million Burmese refugees living in the nearby countries of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, and Thailand. Around 150,000 ethnic Karen and Karenni live in refugee camps in Thailand, many for more than two decades. The U.S. has resettled around 5,000 refugees from Burma – around 3,500 ethnic Karen, 400 ethnic Chin, and 1,000 ethnic Bamar.
  • Salesforce report here – how many from Burma
  • More than two million Iraqis have fled to neighboring countries – mainly Syria and Jordan, but also Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey. People flee from violence caused by Sunni-Shi’i conflict, and also from political persecution. People of certain minority religions, ethnicities, and professions (doctors, journalists, etc) are often targets of violence and also are forced to flee.
  • Refugee Transitions has served over 30 Eritrean refugees since 2008 – and we currently have 17 active students in enrolled in our programs
  • Home based report How can we collaborate on PR with board Frank Somerville – MC questions Timing Save the date comes out next month Clip for today


  • 1. Refugee Transitions:“Who and Where We Serve”
  • 2. Where We Serve: Countries of origin; counties servedOur students …and we serve three counties in the Bay: come from 42 countries… San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Alameda
  • 3. Who We Serve:A snapshot of clients and countries
  • 4. Who We Serve: A snapshot of clients and countriesHosai, Afghanistan-Hosai was a star of our Sunnyvale Enrichment Camp (here she is enjoying some down-time after lunch) .-She has a strong grasp of English and lives with her family in Santa Clara.-Hosai is one of the millions of IDPs, refugees, and migrants affected by ongoing political instability, conflict-induced displacement, and drought in Afghanistan.
  • 5. Who We Serve: A snapshot of clients and countriesChandra, Bhutan-Chandra has been a dedicated youth leader and is clearly comfortable assisting his peers from OIHS.-Here he is serving the dinner he helped make this weekend at our Boys’ Overnight Camp.-Bhutanese refugees are mainly ethnic Nepalis who have lived in southern Bhutan for centuries. Expelled for religious and ethnic differences, the majority are unable to return to Bhutan or resettle in Nepal.-Recently-arrived, young Bhutanese refugees, like Chandra, have typically spent much of their lives in camps.
  • 6. Who We Serve:A snapshot of clients and countries
  • 7. Who We Serve: A snapshot of clients and countriesBurmese Refugees-Previous page: Burmese refugees with our South Bay Director Elsa Amboy.-Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is one of the least developed countries in the world and has been ruled by the military since 1962.-There are more than 500,000 Burmese refugees as the result of general political strife and ongoing ethnic clashes.-150,000 persecuted Karen/Karenni people have lived in refugee camps in Thailand.- RT has assisted well over 300 Burmese refugees since 2008 – almost 5 percent of all Burmese refugees re-settled in the United States!
  • 8. Who We Serve:A snapshot of clients and countries Kongolo, DRC -A huge soccer fan, Kongolo lives with his family of 9 in San Jose. -He is pre-literate in English and speaks Swahili at home. -While political stability has returned to much of DRC, certain regions remain volatile and almost 500,000 Congolese remain in neighboring countries’ refugee camps.
  • 9. Who We Serve: A snapshot of clients and countriesNinevah, Iraq-An incredibly outgoing nine-year- old, Ninevah lives in Sunnyvale with her family.-She speaks Assyrian and English, with a strong grasp of Arabic and Kurdish.-As an Assyrian, Ninevah is a member of one of the many persecuted ethnic minorities in post-2003 Iraq.-Iraqi refugees currently arriving in the US are often highly- educated but also suffer from higher rates of PTSD and trauma than other refugees.
  • 10. Who We Serve: A snapshot of clients and countriesJustine, Rwanda Zebib, Eritrea-Justine is a talented -Quiet and friendly, artist and a great “Zebibinaldo,” as her older sister. friends call her, was-She lives with her the soccer star of our family in downtown South Bay camp. San Jose. -The majority of refugees-While Rwanda has from Eritrea fled stabilized, the during the Ethiopian- country still faces a Eritrean War of refugee crises – most 1998-2000 and face Rwandan camps are persecution if they significantly return. overcrowded and -RT has served over 35 camp children receive Eritrean refugees little education. since 2008