Sowdo’s story

This post originally appeared on this blog on June 27, 2014

One week ago, people across the globe observed World Refugee Day. Praxia Partners calls Columbus home– and so do thousands of Somali refugee and immigrants. Meet Sowdo…

Community Refugee & Immigration Services writes: We are proud to introduce Sowdo’s Story, produced by one of CRIS’s partners, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), which features CRIS staff member, Sowdo Mohamud.

Praxia Partners’ founder and CEO, Joe Recchie, is on the Board of Trustees for CRIS, which serves refugees and immigrants by helping them become self-sufficient and successfully integrated into the Columbus community.

How do they achieve this?

  • Resettlement (Reception and placement of refugees from overseas);
  • Employment
  • English Language Skills
  • Legal Issues related to Immigration
  • Early Childhood and Parenting
  • Older Adult Needs
  • Interpretation and Translation
  • Outreach to Limited English Proficiency populations
  • Wellness coordination and services

Watch Sowdo’s story below.

“When I saw Columbus, Ohio from the air plane, I thought: This is my home.”

You can watch more refugees share their stories on the Episcopal Migration Ministries‘ site.

About World Refugee Day

June 20 is designated as World Refugee Day to raise awareness of the plight of 50 million refugees. According to the UN, half are children.

President Obama noted:

“We honor the dignity, courage, and determination of these men, women and children who have fled persecution and violence in their homelands and the commitment and generosity of the countries and organizations that provide them protection and assistance during this difficult time. While we work to promote lasting peace and stability and human rights around the world, so that these refugees may one day return to their countries in safety and dignity, we know that for some, voluntary return may not be possible.”

We also take the opportunity celebrate the contributions refugees like Sowdo make in our community every day.

About Holly

Holly Jensen is a writer and poet who has worked with nonprofits and businesses for over a decade. She also serves as editor of The Ghazal Page, an international literary journal.
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