Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA

 
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    That all-important list
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project leader
    "We never get to eat bananas," the six-year old commented, looking longingly at the 29 skins discarded along the pathway the children had been using. His mother held one banana saved for her husband, who was sick.  A fleeting smile slid across her face as the children checked once again, that there were no more hiding...
    • 3 weeks ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Both a New Language and a New Optimism Needed
    By - Elaine McLevie Carlsbad CA - Project Leader
      "There are no services for me here?"  These were the words she would have cried out, if she had known enough English.  "Here is the name of a doctor in San Diego.  They have many more services there" , the doctor continued. The young Sudanese lady was in her early twenties, and  she was eager to...
    • 4 months ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 1 donation
    • 6 months ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 1 donation
    • 7 months ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    An unexpected honor
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    We are thrilled to be able to report that our project, "Bridge to Self-Reliance, 2000 refugees in San Diego, CA." has been chosen as Global Giving's Project of the Month for January, 2015.  It is a great honor to be recognized in this way, for our work with refugees, with needs both basic and complex.  This could...
    • 8 months ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 6 donations
    • 8 months ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 3 donations
    • 9 months ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    A learning experience
    By - Elaine McLevie - Vice President, Board of Directors
    Each year the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Refugee Network of San Diego reviews what objectives we have met in the previous year, and what we have achieved.  Our most urgent need in the past two years has been to raise the funds to employ two more refugee workers who speak one or more of the languages of the...
    • 11 months ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Success Measured in Surprising Ways
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    Last month, two refugee families each asked for beds.  They did not know each other, for each had lived in a different area of San Diego County for the past five or six years. Among those refugees who have lived in camps for many years before being brought to the United States, sleeping in a bed is often seen more as a...
    • 11 months ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 45 donations
    • 1 year ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    A Gift of Independence
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    He was struggling to urge his wheelchair across the room to a spot where he could join an informational meeting for Karen refugees arranged by the Network. That was what caught the eye of one of our staff members. He spoke with sadness of the day when he was forced to walk ahead of soldiers, who were clearing land mines...
    • 1 year ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    A special Ray of Hope
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    She was lying in her mother's arms, the center of attention, love and awe.  For family members and Refugee Network volunteers alike, there was an almost electrical feeling in the air.  Here she was, the first baby born in San Diego to a Bhutanese refugee family. It is the children among the refugees who give the...
    • 1 year ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Winter Challenges
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    This month 3 new refugee families from Myanmar, Dafur and Iraq have been referred to us, and a backlog of others is on the way. 10 children  and 11 adults are included in the new families.  Keeping our stock of warm clothing and basic household goods up, so that no none is turned away without items they need is...
    • 1 year ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Welcome news
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project leader
    When I answered the phone I immediately recognised the voice - a member of a very large family, that had been helped by the Refugee Network during various periods of stress over more than 12 years.  This time there was no anxiety in her voice for any of the extended family, but wonderful news about how so many of them...
    • 1 year ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 6 donations
    • 2 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Birth in a New Country
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project leader
    Last week, visits to two mothers of new babies gave a new perspective on the complications refugees encounter in their transition to life in a new country.  Both mothers had given birth before, but in different countries, and under very different circumstances.  The Karen mother, whose previous children had been...
    • 2 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Basic Building Blocks
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project manager
    Large Arabic-speaking families from Darfur have been among recent refugee arrivals in San Diego.  School children frequently arrive with no English, and often with no experience of formal education. If the only language they know does not use our alphabet, where do they begin? An Episcopal Refugee Network's outreach...
    • 2 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Nearly There
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    We had climbed up the narrow stairwell in a stark concrete box of a building. The apartment was on the 4th floor. I had brought someone with me, who had "never met a refugee", and who registered in her expression, amazement at how different living conditions in this area of the city were from the areas with which she was...
    • 2 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Problem Solving on the Go
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    One day, when delivering household goods to a family in City Heights, San Diego, I was met at the curbside by the mother.  She smiled broadly, placed a very heavy box of dishes on her head, and bending her knees to clear an overhead bar at the gate, without missing a step, she disappeared up three flights of narrow...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 11 donations
    • 3 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    An End of School Year Celebration
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    This summer brought three special reasons for celebration.  First, the Network's new weekly tutoring session for refugee school children in El Cajon, filled to capacity with eager students.  Those receiving this help in El Cajon are mostly Karen and Iraqi. Some require our staff's translation services.  All...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    An upcoming challenge
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project leader
    In 1998 one hundred Lost Boys of the Sudan arrived as refugees in San Diego.  They were young men who had suffered many dangers and privations on their long walks to refugee camps. For them, the struggle to adapt to a new and very structured society was often more traumatic than it was for those who came as part of a...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Ripple Effects of Refugee Medical Problems
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    The Episcopl Refugee Network is frequently needed to solve the many problems that a family faces when one member gets sick.  A salary lost may mean the rent cannot be paid.  It can mean having to decide between buying needed medication for Grandma and putting food on the table for several days.  Even a week...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Mmoving Forward in the Building of The Bridge to Self Reliance
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    Most cultures have a set pattern of greeting such as, "Hello James. How are you?" "Fine thank you.  How about you?" Neither person expects a long list of ailments in reply - it is simply an expression of pleasure in meeting.  Many of our refugee families come from cultures which go a step further.  For them,...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 37 donations
    • 4 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    New beginnings and challenges
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
    For our poster girl for June, in picture 1, the end of the school year marked a huge step into a bigger world. She had attended high school in San Diego for two short years, and had enthusiastically attended every Thursday's after school tutoring/homework coaching progam, run by the Network. She had also come to community...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Basic needs and exciting successes
    By - Elaine McLevie - Coordinator for Community Relations
    In the last three weeks the Refugee Network has received several exciting pieces of news about what refugees we have helped in the past are doing now. Those who knew how to speak and write English when they arrived, and those who had work experience or education, had a definite advantage when it came to adjusting to this...
    • 4 years ago
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    • Britt
      Britt What a great report! Thanks for the update.
      • 4 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Food deliveries needed for survival
    By - Elaine McLevie - Coordinator for Community Relation
    It happened again on February 18th!  It was a Friday. The telephone rang. It was a refugee who had used our services in the past and knew where to turn for help.  "Did you know there is a family in our block of apartments that has no food for the weekend................?"    A conversation...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA posted a progress report
    Our first report on Bridge to Self Reliance
    By - Elaine McLevie - Project Leader
     5 days into the challenge that gave our project a permanent home on the Global Giving web site, the response from those who know the work of the Episcopal Refugee Network was strong and we already were close to fulfilling the requirements.  We needed only 21 more donations!  Your getting the word out to...
    • 5 years ago
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    • Britt
      Britt Great update! Congratulations on your quick success!
      • 5 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has been approved to be on GlobalGiving!
    • 5 years ago
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  • Bridge to Self Reliance 2000 refugees San Diego CA has received 69 donations
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Elaine McLevie

Encinitas, CA United States

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