I was asked by my supervisor Stephen Ruffus to write a short
reflection of my work with International Refugees and I have included it in
this section. The reflection was used to
give insight into current refugee best practices being used in the Salt Lake
valley. (See Refugee Reflection)
I encourage and support five Swahili speaking families as they
learn to navigate the systems in the United States and in their new Utah home.
Responsibilities include: self sufficiency, job skills, tutoring, school
assistance, Section 8 housing, etc.
In the fall of 2014 I was a legal guardian to a young eleven year
old girl. Her mother returned to South Sudan because she was notified by the US
Embassy that her husband was killed in the new country. The young girl lived
with us for five weeks. It was a wonderful experience for all, but she missed
her mom’s cooking!
I teach family relations to those who are learning new social
skills for successful living in the United States. Basic courtesy is
introduced, for example, “It is important to say kind things and compliment
your spouse often.” A very serious question/comment from a student in the
class: “Won’t she get tired of hearing nice things?” Another example, “You mean
I need to work every day?” “I am calling the Governor and tell him I want to go
I am a missionary in the Inner City Project for the LDS Church. In
this capacity I teach various classes to members from war torn countries and
refugee camps of central Africa.
Member of the Asian Society
Recent Volunteer Service Archive
LDS Mission 2007-2009
Trained five hundred teachers of basic English literacy in South Africa, Botswana, Kingdom of Swaziland, Uganda
Supervised 30 teachers in north west South Africa and Botswana
Created a Writers Club after school program for high school students Munsieville Township, South Africa (This program was very successful! The local high school teachers asked if they could attend on a regular basis)
Wrote teachers guide for LDS basic literacy text
Taught instructors how to use active learning
Community Volunteer in Salt Lake City
2013 Swahili refugee assistance- housing, job skills etc.
2013 Mentor for Swahili refugees working at LDS Humanitarian Center
2013 Advocate for Swahili refugees in adult court, juvenile court, detention center, schools, ,and with police
2013 Church Service Missionary-Inner City Project
2014 I am a volunteer with the Asian Association, which provides help to refugees in rent payment, housing etc.
2014 I am an advocate for individual/family refugees in schools, detention centers, and courts.
2014 I serve in the LDS Inner City Project working with refugees from Africa.