There is a real hunger and desire among refugees to learn English. However, it is very challenging. The need to get a job to pay rent and the demands of the family often prevent refugees from being able to study or practice their English. For women, it can be more difficult because of these issues. Also, transportation is also a factor when it comes to getting to a class that sometimes can be miles away.
We started an English class just for women in the community where many Afghani refugees live. Currently, it is being offered two days per week in the morning.
The women often bring their babies and are very eager to improve in their English. They recently got over 75 pounds of vegetables from our community garden and the lesson that day was on the names of different foods.
Please consider making a donation to help us expand this new program and allow us to help empower women in the community.
Throughout this year of a global pandemic, many have struggled to stay employed and pay rent- facing the real possibility of eviction. The immigrant, refugee communities comprise nearly 10% of the population of Marion County. So many in this population do not have other family members nearby or support systems like other Hoosiers.
Migros Aid, Inc. works with refugees throughout the city and has been serving a Muslim family who fled Syria and who have been in America since 2017. Their family of 7 live in a 3-bedroom apartment and nearly faced eviction due to COVID-19 and not being able to work in December.
Through the generosity of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, St. George’s Orthodox Christian Church, one individual, and Migros Aid, their December rent was paid. and help with their utility bills was provided.
When the body of Christ comes together to help and serve the least of these in our community, it is a beautiful thing and displays to the world what the church is all about.
We have created a yard sign that is 9” x 24”. It is a unique vertical sign and has the the word “welcome” in twelve languages. You can use as a yard sign or hang in your garage or home/office! Here are five reasons to get one today:
1.) Help advocate for refugee immigrants, locally and globally
2.) Create conversations with your neighbors
3.) Open doors for conversations with internationals in your community who see it
4.) Help support the work of Migros Aid
5.) Use as a reminder to pray for the immigrant/refugee community in your community and around the globe
The following languages are on the sign: (from top to bottom)
As our growth continues, we have started ‘Homework Club’ on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:30. We were offered a free room at the apartment leasing office and our first Homework Club was this week on September 5.
Although the kids enjoyed a 4 day weekend (Labor day and a teacher’s work day) , 14 kids came. We had 8 volunteers. Thanks for all you who came to serve. Most of the children’s parents do not speak English and cannot help with their homework.
Yes, we will be doing this weekly. Please contact us for more information! It is just 1 hour: 3:30 – 4:30 in the Speedway area of Indianapolis.
Getting a new start in a new country is not easy. We have discovered many refugees families that are without adequate beds for their families. There are families that are sleeping on the floor, including the kids. Migros Aid Indy has helped get new mattresses to refugee families in need. Thank you ‘Sweet Dreams Project’ for this effort and the partnership.
Mohammad and his family have been in the United States for over two years and come from Iraq and attend the Migros Aid Indy English Clubs. Their family of 7 are in a two bedroom apartment.