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Be There for Refugee Children in 2016

When refugee children enter our community, they bring with them a distinct set of gifts. These talents and perspectives are often hidden behind layers of cultural misunderstandings and language differences. The Refugee Education Center seeks to peel back these layers and unleash the potential of refugee children in West Michigan. For the past 10 years, we have provided education and youth development services to newly arrived refugee children and their families. We focus on meeting the unique needs of refugee children in our community so that they can succeed in school and in life.

We have seen the power of education to transform lives. A young gentleman from Bhutan recently shared his experience with guests at our 10th birthday celebration. Tula began coming to our summer program several years ago. He had recently come with his family from a refugee camp in Nepal. His education had been interrupted and he had limited English but he was determined to learn. Our staff and volunteers worked with Tula that summer and throughout the coming year to learn English and adjust to life in the United States. The following year, Tula participated in our summer leadership program and this spring, Tula will graduate.

Without the commitment of donors and volunteers like you, Tula would not be preparing to graduate next year. And there are hundreds of children coming into our community just like Tula. Each child is important to our future. And with your support, we can make sure that each refugee child has access to the help they need to unlock their potential and thrive in our community.

Every gift, no matter the size, demonstrates a commitment to helping refugee children and families plant deeper roots in our community. We plan to honor your commitment by putting every dollar to good work. Please consider making your gift today. You can donate on line by clicking here or send a check to 2130 Enterprise Street SE Kentwood, MI 49508.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Susan Kragt
Executive Director

Be There. For Every Child. Please Give.

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