BENEFITING: PROJECT ENLIGHTEN INC
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!