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Empower Local Refugees to Thrive

by PRERNA4REFUGEES
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive
Empower Local Refugees to Thrive

College Prep for Youth

Malaina Kapoor, Prerna volunteer and a cultural assimilation lead spearheaded this effort from a youth education forefront and was a great success. It was well attended and the students gained a lot of insights for a better future. Felicia Fahey, Counselor with Bay Area College Consultant who guides families on the college admissions journey, helped answer a variety of questions regarding financial aid, essay ideas and more, and has been a great partner for PRERNA in supporting the youth.

EID Support for all Refugees!

Supporting our Muslim refugees during an important occasion like EID is a very fulfilling experience. Spearheaded by Shahin Mastan in 2018 and two of our team leads (Rabbia and Shahin) in 2019, we undertook the endearing effort of provided EID baskets filled with groceries and essentials to our refugee families. This has now become an annual tradition that we hope to follow.

Adobe Corporate Support for Collaboration

PRERNA participated in Adobe’s 3rd Asian Community Fair celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Several of our PRERNA leads and volunteers : Karen, Shreyani and Reena attended the event and represented the services that PRERNA offers its refugee families to increase awareness and visibility. It was a well attended event and we were able to gain significant interest from the employees of Adobe about our mission and even got a few eager volunteers who signed up to help us in the future.

Bicycles for the Youth with one of our great partners, Community Cycles

Here are some pictures from our trip to Community Cycles, one of our partners! It was a pleasure to watch Menkem and Diana learn to ride bikes for their 1st time and work together with one of our most loyal partners. We couldn’t help capture the excitement and apprehension on their faces. Our dear partners were kind enough to provide us training wheels, helmets, locks and bell ringers for the bicycles. One of our supporting families, Lema Marcos has agreed to help them so that they can learn how to ride without training wheels in a few weeks.

As part of helping new families settle, PRERNA arranged for several used furniture from Bay Area Furniture Bank, several volunteer in-kind donations and other purchases including new mattresses supported the Okubay family in getting started!

Megan McCormick, our education lead has been driving a plan for the family with the help of several volunteers. The kids are adjusting well in school, the daughter is already scoring an A+ in Math and the family is gaining fluency in English. The family has adjusted very well, considering they have been in the country less than a year.


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PRERNA has had a busy first quarter! We welcomed 2 new families of 11 new refugee members to our existing group of supported families in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Okubay family of 4 is from Eritrea. The 2nd family of 7 is originally from Egypt and consist of 6 children from the age of 10 to 24 years old and their single refugee mother. Both the families speak Arabic, so will bond well together. They were provided the welcome gift baskets and backpacks to get them started. Our team leads are helping them move into their new home, provide them with all the basic furniture and taking note of their immediate needs, enrolling their children into school and getting the family upto speed with all paperwork and medical checkups. The Okubay family moved into their new home on March 17th and are looking forward to an exciting chapter of their new life!

 

In January, our cultural assimilation lead organised a bowling event in Fremont which was a big success. Over 20 people showed up and they enjoyed learning how to bowl (they had never bowled before), eating pizza and having a good time making strikes and winning games. The Wardak family made a day trip to the Tech Museum in San Jose in March. They watched an IMAX film and also had the opportunity to see the museum with our assimilation lead.

 

On the financial side, we received generously over $12K in-kind donations through supplies.We won our first grant from Walmart! Looking forward to having more fundraising events and growth to help support more families and dedicated resources to help PRERNA scale!

 

 

TheWardak family children came to the Tech Museum in San Jose for the Youth Climate Action Summit for the day! Malaina, our cultural assimilation team lead on the extreme left, had the opportunity to show them around the museum in the afternoon. The event itself was a huge success with 560 students attending from all over the bay area.

 

The bowling event at Cloverleaf Family Bowl, Fremont in January.







 

 

 

Holiday gift basket event - our team buzzing to get those incredible gift baskets to the refugee families…



      



 

Okubay family - enjoying a grocery trip after moving into their home in San Jose

 

 

HP Community Fair in Palo Alto - March 21st. Spreading awareness about what Prerna does to empower the refugees.

 

 

 

We give a huge thanks to our all-volunteer team members who contributed their time and muscle to make this happen. If you are interested in joining PRERNA to help local refugees in the U.S., please contact us at volunteering@prerna4refugees.org.

Learn more about PRERNA and sign up for our mailing list for monthly updates. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Linkedin.

 

Thank you again for empowering refugee families to thrive in the U.S.

 

With gratitude,

Meena Sankaran

Founder and Executive Director

PRERNA

www.prerna4refugees.org

 

 


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PRERNA’s programs have been uniquely setup to help build a strong foundation for the new refugees on arrival towards self-sustenance. These past few months, we have been rather hectic with an influx of 28 new refugees across Eritrea and Afghanistan, where our volunteers have been tirelessly working to find them a new home, help them with their applications and support them financially to get their initial break in resettlement. We are excited to announce that all the new refugees have been placed in their homes and as of Oct 20th, 2018, we were able to close on providing all furniture, supplies, clothing, kitchen and basic household supplies to settle them in. Furniture was moved in, everything including the internet and wi-fi connections was set up and we took a trip to a local store to purchase basic household supplies. Our team leads are working actively to enroll the new children in school, set the family members up with medical checkups, and have also found employment for their adults.

We also conducted an amazing potluck on Sep 8th, 2018, our annual gettogether that we do as part of our cultural assimilation activities to help embrace all of the new refugees with hope, inspiration and motivation to rebuild and succeed in the US.

The Baking event created as part of another cultural engagement on Sep 29th, 2018 where the mission to increase the participation of women and girls was also a wonderful experience, boosting the confidence amongst housewives to strive and have more of a voice in a new society.

We give a huge thanks to our all-volunteer team members who contributed their time and muscle to make this happen. If you are interested in joining PRERNA to help local refugees in the U.S., please contact us at volunteering@prerna4refugees.org.

Learn more about PRERNA and sign up for our mailing list for monthly updates. Stay connected with us onFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Linkedin.

 

Thank you again for empowering refugee families to thrive in the U.S.  

 

With gratitude,

Meena Sankaran

Founder and Executive Director

PRERNA

www.prerna4refugees.org


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PRERNA has been busy welcoming new refugee families to the San Francisco Bay Area! On Sunday, June 3, 2018, PRERNA helped a newly arrived refugee family from Afghanistan resettle into their new apartment. Furniture was moved in, everything including the internet and wi-fi connections was set up and we took a trip to a local store to purchase basic household supplies.
In addition to the Afghanistan family that we helped resettle, we assisted a recently arrived single refugee mother and her 14-year old son who also moved into the same building complex. We are also seeking affordable housing for a Yemen family of eight who is currently living in temporary quarters. They have six children from the age of three to 23 years old. Our team leads are ready to help them move into their new home, enroll the children in school, set the family members up with medical checkups, and find employment for the adults.
We give a huge thanks to our all-volunteer team members who contributed their time and muscle to make this happen. If you are interested in joining PRERNA to help local refugees in the U.S., please contact us at volunteering@prerna4refugees.org.

Learn more about PRERNA and sign up for our mailing list for monthly updates. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Linkedin.

Thank you again for empowering refugee families to thrive in the U.S.  

With gratitude,
Meena Sankaran
Founder and Executive Director
PRERNA
www.prerna4refugees.org
PRERNA with Refugee Family
PRERNA with Refugee Family

Newly arrived families are in need of assistance in accessing and understanding dental, medical and psychological health services. Last year, PRERNA helped resettle several families from Afghanistan. It is common for families from this country to arrive in the U.S. with a variety of dental problems from minor to serious. According to the refugees, families living in Afghanistan have little to no dental care or dental hygiene education.

While working with a refugee family of eight who recently arrived from Afghanistan, our Health Team Lead, Lorrene Randazzo, encountered an urgent dental problem with their five-year-old son. He was suffering from a painful dental abscess. After the first abscess was treated with antibiotics, a second abscess formed because he had not received necessary dental treatment.

The local dentist had given the family a referral (in English) for their son to seek extensive dental treatment for his very decayed baby teeth from a pediatric dental surgeon. The father did not know how to see this process through. With Lorrene's guidance and many weeks later, all the requirements of the dental insurance and the surgery center were complete.

On surgery day, PRERNA arranged and paid for transportation to the surgery center for the father and son. As they walked into the building, the son appeared to be very brave and calm by his father’s side. After the procedure, the father and Lorrene were escorted to the recovery room. As the father leaned over to gather up his groggy smiling and nearly toothless son, we were informed that the dental surgery was successful. Once father and son arrived home, they were greeted by their very relieved and thankful family. It was a rewarding experience to help navigate this family through the challenges of their son’s urgent dental issue toward a positive health outcome.

In the near future and with more donor support, PRERNA would like to increase the depth of services to refugee families. These are a few examples of what we may offer: health topic forums; first aid training; follow-up on health issues; workshops on how to use technology to schedule medical appointments and check test results. PRERNA is committed to helping refugees start their new lives with strong physical, mental and emotional health.

Learn more about PRERNA's healthcare services for refugee families. We invite you to join our mailing list for monthly updates and stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Linkedin.

Thank you again for empowering refugee families to thrive in the U.S.  

With gratitude,

Grace Fong

Director of Marketing

PRERNA

www.prerna4refugees.org

https://goo.gl/MyWE7D

 

The Wardak Family from Afghanistan
The Wardak Family from Afghanistan
Youngest Wardak Son
Youngest Wardak Son
First Time at the Beach!
First Time at the Beach!
Lorrene Visting a Refugee Family
Lorrene Visting a Refugee Family

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Location: Santa Clara, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Grace Fong
Director of Marketing
Santa Clara, CA United States

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