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2014 Michigan Teen ConferenceJune 18-19 ...(Details Here)
Francine grew up in a small village in Eastern Congo. She had five siblings, her father worked in agriculture and her mother stayed home with the children. When conflict erupted, families dispersed in fear while their village burned to the ground. Francine fled with her brothers but one was soon captured by the militia and the other was killed. Alone, afraid and only seventeen, she endured physical trauma and other atrocities and found her way to a refugee camp in Rwanda. Over the next 10 years, she married and raised her children in the camp. The lack of basic amenities and the constant threat of militias crossing the border from Congo to attack them made life difficult. There was not much hope of safely returning home or integrating into Rwanda. Finally Francine learned that her family would be resettled in the United States. Upon arrival in Grand Rapids, her fears were eased as her family was greeted by LSSM employees who spoke her native language. They provided a furnished home, helped her husband find a job right away and enrolled the children in school. Volunteers assisted them with learning about life in the United States. Now Francine is studying English in hopes of becoming a nurse. She is also attempting to locate her missing family members in Congo. Will you make a gift today to help another family like Francine’s?