When 11-year-old Jeff Balubwila arrived in Boise last summer, he was relieved to leave behind the dangerous streets of Nairobi, Kenya, where he watched children his age gunned down. But coming to a new and unfamiliar city can be scary and confusing in its own way. He felt alone. "I could see that he was struggling in this new environment," says his father, Dauda Balubwila, who was a political activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2012, he was resettled by the International Rescue Committee in the United States and was joined by his wife, Elizabeth Ng’Ang’A, and three children five years later. “The American culture is very different from Africa,” says Dauda.“I wanted my children to adapt quickly and have someotne who could be their friends. It's very important for them.”

This task was carried out by our partners, volunteers of the IRC mentorship program who help acquaint refugees with basic services and resources in the community, including public transportation, banking, libraries and food markets. The programs vary across the IRC’s 29 U.S. offices, but they all share a common mission: helping new arrivals become self-sufficient. We will tell you more about it in our future posts.

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  • Janice Brown
  • January, 9 2017 at 10:56 pm

Thanks to the author for such a deep and emotional article. I hope to read the second part of this post soon, it really got my attention!

  • Austin Riley
  • January, 9 2017 at 10:56 pm

Thank you!

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