120 Stories: Day 98
“I did not like being back home, the life there was not good. Both my mom and dad had to work and I had to help them. I did not like getting wood. When I was in school there I did not learn that much, the teacher did not teach you anything. The teachers did not care if you left the school during school hours or not. It is not the same as here. When we got to Global Village Project everyone was so nice to us and wanted to help us. I got to get to know some many other people from different background and we have become good friends. Now I am in 10th grade. I would like to volunteer more. My hobbies are watching movies. Here there are a lot of places I can visit, a lot of historical places which I enjoy. I am visiting colleges now to learn the path to college; I want to be a psychologist so I can help others. The thing that had changed for me now is my mind. Back home the only thing for a woman to do is be a housewife but now we can be anything and can do anything a man can do. I tell my uncle that I can do whatever he can do. I am happy to be here.”
About 120 Stories in 120 Days
The executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Born Terrorist Entry into the United States” halts the national refugee resettlement program for 120 days and dramatically reduces the ceiling for refugee arrivals from 110,000 to 50,000. In response to this executive order, Catholic Charities Atlanta created the 120 Stories in 120 Days Project in order to tell the stories of those individuals who have fled their home due to violence or persecution.
This project will tell 120 stories of clients, staff, volunteers, and community members involved with our resettlement program. Our hope is that these stories will humanize the refugee crisis, highlight the successes and the contributions that refugees make to their local communities, and help readers understand that our similarities far outweigh our differences.
In his address to Congress in September 2015, Pope Francis reminded us all to “treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves…The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.” Catholic Charities Atlanta remains in solidarity with those we serve.
If you would like to donate to help Catholic Charities Atlanta continue our important work supporting refugees and immigrants, please click here: https://give.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/supporting-refugees-and-immigrants.
If you have a story to share, please contact Kimberly Longshore at KLongshore@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org