Refugee Services Committee Update
The Refugee Services Committee of FPCL is pleased to announce that the Weda family, for whom we are the primary support, is settling in very well to their new life in America. The father, Fardeen, has passed his written exam at the DMV and has had a session with a driving instructor to practice the difference between Oakland and Kabul traffic. He is scheduled for a driving test in late February. In the meantime, he has taught himself how to navigate public transportation, enrolled in twice a week ESL classes, and secured a job! He works at Rainin, a small manufacturer of lab pipettes, in Oakland as a warehouse contractor. This is similar to work he did in Afghanistan. He is looking forward to getting his drivers’ license so that he can pursue a job as a delivery driver, which he also did in Kabul. The mother, Fariba, has enrolled in ESL classes that meet five days a week and that provide childcare for their son, Adil, and their daughter, Ada. She is eager to practice her English and would welcome visitors willing to engage in conversational English with her. Most of their material needs have been met, but they would like a small dresser (max. width 28 inches, max. height 42 inches. If anyone has one that they would like to donate, please contact either Fred Bahr at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Dean at email@example.com. Additionally, the Tri-Valley Refugee Task Force, of which FPCL is a part, has welcomed another family from Afghanistan. The Shafiqi family lives in Oakland and consists of father Safiulla, wife Shazia, and six children ranging in age from 13 to 4. Their needs are many. While FPCL primarily focuses on the Weda family at this time, if anyone is willing to assist the Shafiqi family, they may contact Fred or Phil at the above email addresses to inquire how.
Sheri Fried, RSC member