As a trained nurse and child development worker from a country in West Africa, Yao came to the United States on a scholarship to gain further education in psychology and counseling. He brought those skills to his work as a volunteer tutor with World Relief, where he met a little boy named Abdul who changed everything.
Yao and Abdul only had a few tutoring sessions before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But then, in the midst of the crisis, World Relief’s community of volunteers and donors like you came together to respond.
In a coordinated effort, World Relief provided a way for the community to provide tangible needs, continue Yao and Abdul’s tutoring sessions, connect Abdul’s mother to an English tutor, and help Abdul’s father secure a new job doing electrical assembly for air conditioners. You can read Abdul and Yao’s full story here.
Though Abdul’s family faces a long road ahead, a volunteer tutor and the generosity of other donors and volunteers are helping them slowly rebuild their sense of home and belonging.
When World Relief matches tutors and students, it is with a firm belief that not only will the student’s life and education will improve, but the tutor will be transformed too. The stories of volunteers like Yao are examples of that transformation.
When you volunteer with World Relief, you gain the chance to connect with and extend a warm welcome to someone different from you. You might be surprised by what you learn from the hospitality you receive in return.