Come Together! IRRVA Van Fundraiser
By donating to this cause, you are empowering people to come together! IRRVA has been overwhelmed recently with an outpouring of interest from potential volunteers who want to help run programming and build meaningful relationships with our newest neighbors. However, most of the Middle Eastern and African refugees in town do not have a feasible method of transportation to get to the IRRVA Center, and sadly, some refugees have faced increased harrassment in recent days while using public transportation. You can help bring people together safely by contributing a tax-deductible gift to IRRVA so a van can be purchased to pick up participants and bring them to the Center.
Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque (IRRVA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safety net for refugees, immigrants and their families--most of whom are from Africa, the Middle East and Asia, as well as those from Latin America, and other vulnerable community members--through a variety of programs, resources, and support. Co-founded by Nkazi and Lungile Sinandile, themselves immigrants from South Africa, the goal of IRRVA is to help its participants make a successful transition to life in their new community, including social-emotional, physical, educational, and financial well-being. The long-term goal is for IRRVA community members to assume leadership roles within IRRVA and the greater community- sharing their individual talents and gifts with their community. IRRVA provides a level and quality of support that speaks directly to the hearts of its community participants. www.irrva.com
One of IRRVA's programs, New Mexico Women's Global Pathways (NMWGP), focuses on empowering women. NMGWP currently works with African, Middle Eastern, Asian and American low- or no-income women and girls, the majority of whom are survivors of violence, conflict, persecution and political upheaval. They have lost everything- family, home and health. Some are widows or victims of rape and torture. NMWGP's programs help girls and women receive the training and support needed to be self-sufficient economically, educationally, and socially and become leaders in our community. www.nmwgp.org
Thank you for helping Albuquerque be a welcoming place for refugees and immigrants! Your tax deductible gift to IRRVA towards the purchasing of van allows people to come together, contributing in turn to a stronger society for all!
Mama Nkazi, like usual, has been busy connecting with people and organizations in the community. Have you seen the two interviews she and IRRVA participants bravely filmed with local new stations?
March 15, 2017 "Refugees face harassment on city buses, seek funds for transportation" by Rebecca Atkins, KRQE 13. Here is the link:
February 23, 2017 "NM refugees voice concerns about safety, harassment" by Erica Zucco, KOB 4. Here is the link:
Thank you so much to all who have donated, and to all who continue to express support and welcome for our newest neighbors at a time when many feel unsafe. And if you haven't donated, any amount is most appreciated! We are a quarter of the way to our goal! Thank you for helping IRRVA grow!
Thank you Sarah Camp for creating, managing and updating this campaign. I write this not to undermine your great work on this, but as the woman who alongside program participants pleaded to the public via television for transportation help to support not only coming together of participants and children who attend center to receive jobs skills training, tutoring and much more, but the for safe travel to and from the center during this anti-refugee, asylee and immigrant dangerous political climate and sentiment. Thanks to the following television stations that came to our aid. You can view both interviews here: - http://krqe.com/…/refugees-face-harassment-on-city-buses-s…/ http://www.kob.com/…/nm-refugees-voice-concerns-abo…/4407821 Thanks to all who have donated from New Mexico and afar. I also want to thank the new Office of Refugee And Immigrant Affairs (OIRA) representatives out of the mayor's office for being responsive and concerned. They have been working closely with my husband and I.
Thank You all for your kind support of this fundraising campaign on behalf of Albuquerque New Mexico's resilient, hardworking families! My Country's proverb it "takes a village to raise a child" rings true. It is as we all work together as a a global community that we realize our connectivity as a human family.
I believe that by now this campaign has raised around $6,1860.00 excluding the donation of a Sun Van from the city of Albuquerque New Mexico. The title to the van was given to me yesterday by one of the New Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). We will post on Facebook when we go to pick up the van. Special thanks to Sarah Camp for creating and managing the campaign. Thank you to all those who shared. Blessings.