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Refugee Job Training Childcare

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Raised by 35 people in 17 months
Wow and Flutterville Playgardens has been serving Portland  Oregon children for 10 years.   In addition to being a Waldorf-inspired, nature and play-based childcare serving ages 6 weeks to Kindergarten our program has an added mission of providing meaningful work for refugee and immigrant women.  Our goal is to celebrate diversity and a promote a culture of inclusion.

I started this project a year ago when  President Trump was elected and anti-immigrant and refugee rhetoric was accelerating I felt despair and outrage. I asked myself, as a woman, a mother, a business owner, what could I do? And then, I realized, plenty! One year later..we have had our first celebration of one of our trainees becoming a lead teacher and we want to keep going!

This project is responding to:

1. The movement in the United States from our government to slam the door to those coming seeking refuge and asylum in our country.  Our goal is to welcome the stranger and give her a career that has the power to change the world!

2. A dedication to promoting kindness, inclusion, and the celebration of diversity, especially within the our political climate and current polices that are cruel and inhumane with women and children, the biggest victims.

3.Your support will help us continue to hire and train immigrant and refugee women to have a career in childcare and garner training in Waldorf and RIE education. 

4. Finally, your support will help establish tuition assistance for these immigrant and refugee assistants and teachers to send their children to our playgarden.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Deanna Cohen, Executive Director
www.wowandfluttervilleplaygardens.com
Granddaughter of immigrants
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One year later and we are ready to reinvigorate our immigrant and refugee teacher training program! We've had our first big success story..thanks to you and now, with our new center opening in the Fall plans are under way to hire and train more immigrant and refugee women to work in our Waldorf-inspired childcares here in Portland, Oregon. Our plans are big. We'll stop at nothing less than a massive outreach of welcome and kindness to those who will make America great..Immigrants who bring their rich traditions, and culture to share with us and our children.

Yours in one love,
Deanna, Granddaughter of immigrants
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Wonderful supporters! So sorry for the glitch in the acct. We are up and running again and able to receive your donations! Thank you for your kindness to the refugee and immigrant teachers of Wow and Flutterville and to their children. Thank you for spreading the word and modeling what it is to be American..caring for others, the vulnerable, "the other", inclusion, financial security and access to performing honorable work.

With love,
Deanna, Granddaughter of immigrants.
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