For Arezo, English was her 5th language to learn when she arrived. As a young girl of 12 years, Arezo had a lot to learn in a new country, not just English. Adjusting to a new culture, navigating the school system, and having to translate for her mother, Arezo had more responsibility than a typical 12 year old. On any typical day her warm smile greets you when she walks through the doors of the Refugee Education Center. She has big dreams for her future, she wants to be a Doctor. When we asked her where she gets her big dreams from, she said:
“From my mom! When we were going to come here, my mom did it all by herself. She went to Istanbul and she talked for us so we could come here. She is a strong woman, but now she is sick. If I were a doctor I could help my mom get better. She is the best ever!”
With the help of her volunteers, Arezo has been excelling at school. She is a straight “A” student, and making friends everyday.
With your help, more students like Arezo can reach their dreams, but it will take hard work. This year alone, you have helped us reach more refugee families than ever before. We are tutoring 68 students on a weekly basis, our highest number to date. Yet, there are still a lot of students who need our support. That’s why we are launching our campaign…
Raise for Refugees Campaign starts now!
From now until June 20th, we have a goal of raising $10,000 to support next year’s programs. We are providing you an opportunity to get involved in sustaining our mission by starting your own fundraiser. All the tools you need to begin are on our website. So get together a group of friends, and be creative. Throw a party, car wash, or 10k run! Most of all, we hope you have fun.
Your passion for supporting the refugee community is contagious, so don’t loose momentum! Because our team is here to help, we’ve created a page for your personal fundraiser here.
Will you step up to the challenge with us?
World Refugee Day Celebration
This summer, Arezo and her family will celebrate their anniversary of 2 years here with us. To honor her journey and the other refugees here in West Michigan, we will celebrate World Refugee Day at the REC with an Open House! RSVP HERE
When? June 17th, 12-4pm
Where? The Refugee Education Center!
Come Join us! We’d love to have you here to celebrate another great year at REC.
As always, Thank You for journeying with us.