BENEFITING: PROJECT ENLIGHTEN INC
For many decades, the United States has become home to refugees from war torn countries. Wrongfully displaced from their home countries, these people have lived through oppression, human rights violations, inequality, genocide and resettle in what becomes, for many, their "Third Country." They seek a life of opportunity, compassion and freedom. Project Enlighten has partnered with John Glenn, of Houston, Texas to provide opportunities to Burmese Refugees who have resettled in the United States of America. John is a Refugee from Burma whom we have had a strong partnership with, for years dating back to his time spent in the Refugee Camp 'Nupo,' on the Thai-Burma border. He founded an English Language School [previously supported by Project Enlighten] in his refugee camp to help prepare refugees for a new life in their "3rd Countries."
John and his wife were resettled into a refugee community in Texas, USA in 2009, where they quickly observed that refugees were ill prepared for the intricacies of American life, despite the efforts of resettlement organizations. They met many challenges and felt that it was important to help other refugees be successful. John's passion for education and humanitarian ethos, led him to organize his community and partner with viable organizations focused on education, English speaking/comprehension and life skills.
In the Houston area there are thousands of refugees resettling, creating a great challenge and competition in finding gainful employment. Having good English comprehension, speaking skills and understanding American culture is vital in the success of the people placed in the United States. A group of leaders in the Burmese community organized and formed the "Refugee Community Empowerment Association (RCEA) in 2009. This organization helps Burmese refugees by providing opportunities form them to learn. Their assistance includes tours to Asian jobs fairs, weekly transportation to Asian markets, distribution of rice cookers to refugees, support in submitting food stamp re-certification forms, interpretation for driving tests, and interpretation for medical appointments.
Project Enlighten continues its support to the Burmese Refugee Community through RCEA's new initiative, the establishment of a Community Learning Center. To help John and the many other refugees, please contribute to our Burmese Education Program!