Friends of Refugees Providing Education and Empowerment.
Our mission is to provide refugee families with the education, help, and resources (food, clothing, furniture, household goods, etc.) that they so desperately need. To accomplish our mission we arrange tuition for refugee children to attend private school where they can obtain the individual attention they requiare. We bus the children to/from school and provide school uniforms and supplies. We provide tutoring classes for children in our outreach center located in the refugee community...see map below. Evenings we also provide adult ESL classes. We work with area pediatric dentists to arrange dental appointments then transport refugee children to/form their appointemnts. We provide assistance to refugee families in dealing with the legal, healthcare, banking, and government systems.
We are an all-volunteer organization of non-paid members.
Refugee families from 70 different countries, speaking more than 90 different languages, have been resettled into the U.S. through joint efforts of the U.N. and the U.S. State Department. Resettlement was chosen as an attempt to resolve humanitarian crises precipitated by horrendous conditions overseas born of religious/ethnic persecution, war and genocide including events such as torture, starvation, sex trafficking, rape, and murder. Since the refugee relocation program began, more than 60,000 refugees have been relocated to Georgia after having spent years in refugee camps overseas. In fact, government statistics report over the past decade alone (FY 2004 to 30 June 2015) 28,394 refugees have been resettled to Georgia. They continue to arrive in Georgia at a rate of 2,500 - 3,000 per year speaking little to no English, with scarcely more than the clothes on their backs. Traumatized and unprepared to support themselves, they need assistance in adapting to life in America whilst beset with issues typical of poor inner city residents.
Typical scene of apartment living for the refugee community of Clarkston, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta just outside the east side of the I-285 ring around Atlanta.