ICNA Relief's New Project RACE Aims to Provide Education Support to Refugee Children in the Country
According to statistics from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), most refugees who immigrated to the United States between 2009-2011 came from either Muslim countries (like Iraq or Somalia) or countries where the local Muslim population is being persecuted (such as Burma). Generally, people tend to help refugees while they're still in their country of origin but forget about them once they're here.
Many refugees arrive in the U.S. with little or no money and no place to go. Refugees face all kinds of trouble adjusting to life in America and don't always have the resources to do so effectively. Sometimes these refugee families consist of women separated from their husbands who must take care of their children all on their own in a foreign country they know little about. Other times -- even if both parents are present -- they are too busy juggling odd jobs to make ends meet that they do not have the time or means to take their kids to the mosque.
That is why ICNA Relief has a whole program devoted to accommodating the needs of these refugees. We offer them financial assistance, English as a second language (ESL) classes and have even provided them with free cars directly through donors by the grace of Allah, among other services. About a year ago, we started a new education program for refugee children in Clarkston, GA called Refugee Assistance for Children's Education (RACE).
ICNA Relief discovered 80 Burmese children attending weekend school in a cramped apartment with no air conditioning. Our Atlanta chapter collaborated with a local Islamic community center to improve their learning environment by providing them with a bigger space. ICNA Relief arranged for volunteer teachers and hired teachers through the center as well. We also provide free books and snacks to the children in addition to free transportation services. Seeing how beneficial the program is, refugee children from Darfur, Chad and Somalia have also enrolled making the total number of kids participating in RACE rise to 150.
But Clarkston is not the only refugee hub in America; a lot of other cities in the nation are seeing an influx of refugee populations who need help adjusting to their new lives. Please donate today so we can continue to support refugee families in other areas through programs like RACE.