Refugee children and families have lost everything they know, love, and need to survive and thrive. While the reasons and the regions may vary, the story and desperation are the same. All refugees are seeking safety, freedom, and the chance to reclaim futures for themselves and their families.
For our December Unified Promise, we had the opportunity to sort Welcome Kits items. Welcome Kits provide the basic household items they need for their new start in a place of safety.
Our Unified Promise was in partnership with the nonprofit organization, World Relief Akron. They strive to provide opportunities to help the most vulnerable people and transform economically, socially, and spiritually.
World Relief Akron began serving refugees in Feb. of 2015. Their first family arrived in early April of the same year, and they continue to prepare for additional families in the coming months. They anticipate welcoming 170 refugees from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, the Congo and Syria in the calendar year. From the time of arrival at the Akron-Canton airport, refugees receive support from World Relief up to their first 90 to 120 days in the U.S.