Building Capacity With Newcomers

$170 $19,830
Raised Remaining


Refugees with low literacy in their native languages face unique challenges when they try to establish households and livelihoods in their new country. Our building capacity initiative expands programming in English language instruction to include classes in citizenship preparation, financial literacy, pre-GED preparation, and urban agriculture in order to link language learning with practical skill-building that promotes educational and economic advancement.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Approximately 200 refugees resettle in the Roanoke area every year. A significant percentage include people from rural areas, with limited education, job skills, and English language proficiency. Frequently, these people require intensive support beyond the resources allocated by the U.S. Department of State. Work-life demands present additional challenges adults who want to earn a GED or college degree, but lack the language skills to complete the work.

How will this project solve this problem?

We will provide adult ESL and capacity building programs that simultaneously increase language proficiency and convey practical skills in the areas of citizenship, financial literacy, pre-GED preparation, and urban agriculture.

Potential Long Term Impact

We will engage 80 men and women in capacity building programs that support their specific goals for acquiring further education and work credentials.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $170

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $170 .  The original project funding goal was $20,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Michele James-Deramo

Director of Service-Learning
Blacksburg, VA United States

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