We can all look back on our lives and remember people who made positive impacts on us. At Migros Aid, we believe our work is important and allows us to enlist others to support and encourage those we serve. Thriving in life requires a community to come around and offer love, encouragement, and friendship.
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- Laurent, from Cameroon, is five and lives with his mom and brother. His brother has been in and out of the hospital a lot this year and numerous people from the Migros community help the family. Laurent proudly tells everyone he knows about being on High Honor Roll and involved in weekly tutoring and CARE club.
- Hannah, from Syria, has been learning English with a Migros mentor, and she just passed her U.S. citizenship test with the help of a Migros mentor.
- Obed has started coming to Migros Academy after hearing his siblings, Prince and Davis, talk about how much they like their tutors. He wants to work on bringing up his grades.
- Mahat, from Somalia, was quite a handful and it was hard to get him focused when first coming to Migros Academy. He has matured in many ways and loves playing strategy games, like Battleship, with tutors. He’s even taken a couple books home with him.
- Daima asked a mentor, “Have you ever been to McDonalds? Is it nice? We heard it was nice. I always wanted to go there.” Daima, along with her 6 siblings, come for help with homework at our weekly Academy and attend CARE Club. They are soon to be treated to a meal at McDonald’s over Christmas holidays.
- Mohammad will soon be sworn in as an American citizen. He has been helped by Migros mentors for the 5 years he has been in Indianapolis, after fleeing war in Syria.
- Chance,a teenage girl, meets regularly with a Migros mentor for Bible study. Her mentor also assisted her in starting a new job.
- Sandrine is a teen girl from Africa and recently enjoyed the Winterlights Display with her mentor at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
- Solei is a refugee mother of four and has been in America since June. She currently works weekly with one of our cleaning crews to earn money for her family.
- Emma Lar finally can come to get help with her homework at Migros Academy. She is in Kindergarten and now joins her brothers: Eh My and Chrys Ta Pah.
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Did you know we have 70+ Migros mentors? We like to imagine the breadth of our work through these amazing folks – all volunteers! These mentors meet with families and others tutor students on a weekly basis through the Migros Academy.
We love hearing the stories of how many are engaging creatively and helping our refugee friends thrive. We often say that we want to be “friendship brokers”. We connect volunteers with refugees to become friends. We all need a support system to thrive. The challenge for most refugees is that that support system can be limited due to language and culture. Refugees support system of other family and friendships are miles away in their home nations and it can be lonely. Will you consider being a mentor? We promise it might change you more than you can imagine.
A few stories from Migros Mentors…
“We were reading a book about the Amazon Rain Forest & decided to look up videos of animals that live there. It was so much fun!”
“One of the children I tutor is (age appropriately) inpatient but we have been practicing patience when playing board games. Each week the improvement is noticeable and I know this skill will serve her well when she starts school.”
“Sandrine helped volunteer with me and we celebrated her birthday by making candles. I took her to the Celebrate Science event to visit the booths and learn more about stem and opportunities for summer programs and internships. When I took her home her aunt (Mukeshimana) and grandmother taught me how to make fufu.”
“I have seen some students become more interactive and open to communication, including listening better.”
“One of the girls in our CARE group got her driver’s license and learner’s permit. She kept studying over the summer and finally passed on the second time taking the written test. “
“Seeing Queen recognize me and our friendship each week – appreciate that growth!’
“I think mostly just watching how the kids grow as you spend time with them… not just physically but also mentally and emotionally “
“Very rewarding seeing people eager to become citizens”
“One student passes the Civics portion – a great feat given the memorization she had to do and the other student passed all portions. I have explained to my students that English is so important to become part of the community and learn more about people and cultures. “
Read more: A Few Stories from Migros Mentors Making an Impact
Please contact us to get involved and mentor today!
“I’ve taught hundreds of students in my career as a 7th grade reading & writing teacher. Why did this new volunteer gig feel so intimidating? Oh… there would just be the 2 of us with no set curriculum. THAT is what had me so nervous as I walked through the door my first Tuesday night for tutoring with Migros Aid.
Then it hit me – I was there to be a FRIEND! A smiling consistent face to chat with, have fun with, and maybe learn a little along the way. Ahhh…. I could be a FRIEND!
Just think about it. What do friends do? They chat while doing things they both enjoy. For Sifa, Rebecca, Daima, and I, that means we color with colored pencils, play games, read (we’ve found some great picture books!), write, and share snacks while swapping stories about siblings and school.
Being a part of the Migros Aid community is one of my favorite hours of the week where all I have to do is be a friend.”
By Martie Hoofer, a tutor at Migros Academy since the opening session. She and her husband, Steve, have 2 grown children. Martie taught at Pike Township schools for many years and remains actively involved in the school district. She worships and serves at One Fellowship Church.
The Migros Academy is our effort to empower emerging generations of immigrant and refugees in their education through one one one tutoring.
Read more: ‘Reflections on Being a Friend at Migros Academy’ By Martie Hoofer
Please contact us if you want to get involved in a student’s life