Empowering Burmese refugees toward sustainable self-reliance
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WRAP's Creative Corner
Jennifer Freed is an exceptional ESL tutor who worked with WRAPs Burmese newcomers to the US. During her time working with these women she found inspiration and crafted her thoughts into poetry. Jennifer said, "I've met people who, in spite of having sympathy and good will toward immigrants, nevertheless don’t understand why it may take so “long” to become proficient in English. The poem was my response to that gap in understanding."
Click here to read the poem: Lessons
A second poem by Jennifer provides insight into her work with a young refugee who was working through his associates degree at QCC.
Click here to read the poem: My Student Asks Me How I Know
Visit Jennifer's website for more of her poetry.
WRAP Speaks at Worcester City Council Meeting
Community Member Honored
Worcester Magazine honors Paw Wah as one of our Hometown Heroes! Paw Wah will be honored at an awards ceremony on 12/5/16 at Nuovo Restaurant at (6pm cocktails followed by dinner at 6:45pm and awards at 7:30pm).
Check out the article!
Worcester Street Festival
Thank you to all those who helped make WRAP's first food booth a huge success at StART on the Street!
Checkout some highlights
Read the article in the Worcester Telegram
Help Cherry continue with his Judo lessons
WRAP has started a GoFundMe fund to help out Cherry, one of the kids in our community, continue his practice of judo. Thanks to generous support early on we were able to get him started, but we are still short of our goal and need more help to keep him attending!
Please click below to learn more, donate and spread the word!
Refugees Welcome t-shirts!
Show your support for refugees with this t-shirt! Complete with a quote from George Washington in his letter to the first Jewish congregation in Newport, RI. It is a powerful statement and reminder of the values this country holds dear. This shirt is yours in return for a $20 donation. We have Youth Large, Adult Small, Medium, Large, and XL. We can ship it to you or to help your donation go farther you can pick it up from our office in Worcester.
Head over to our donation page to support WRAP and get your T-shirt now.
Order your book today!
"When We Were Home" is a collection of stories from Burmese refugee youth who have resettled in Worcester, MA. Aged 13-20, most of the youth were born in UN refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, to parents fleeing the ongoing civil conflict in Burma. The book contains stories of life on the Thai-Burma border, folk tales and personal recollections, and memories of their journey to the U.S. The book was initiated by the youth themselves, and assisted by three UMass medical students with support form the Worcester Arts Council. The illustrations were provided by Hay Reh, a senior at South High School and self-taught artist who has produced many paintings and sketchings of his journey from the refugee camps to Worcester, MA.
Contact us if you're interested in getting a copy of the book.
When you go to smile.amazon.com and enter our organization name, for any eligible purchase you make Amazon will donate to WRAP. It won't change the cost for your purchase, it just adds a touch of heart.
Learn about Refugee Mental Health
Click here to watch an episode of A Bridge to Better Mental Health on Worcester's WCCA TV in September 2016 featuring three young refugee women from Burma
Ways to help and New Volunteer application
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