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A new Quad Cities scholarship fund hopes to mitigate some of the economic challenges faced by new Americans seeking higher education. The fund, to be titled “Quad Cities Scholarship for Immigrants and Refugees,” will be managed by the Community Foundation in partnership with World Relief Quad Cities. It was inspired by Julie Eisenband and Chris…

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Hello everyone! My name is Brady Johnson and I am very excited to be interning at World Relief Quad Cities. I’m currently a senior at Augustana College studying multimedia journalism and mass communications as well as a minor in communications, and I am originally from Loves Park, Illinois. I was drawn to intern here at…

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As I sat on the couch with Lisa*, she recalled a dream she had when she was a young girl. At first, all she could see was darkness but as she flew, lights began to appear beneath her — mesmerizing her. There was so much happening in the city below as cars and people went…

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Pascal Ramadhani identifies as Congolese, but he was born in a small village in Tanzania called Kigoma. With its vast mountains and miles of blue water, an image search of the scenery paints a striking contrast against the refugee camp he spent the first ten years of his life in. He grew up under the…

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For every person we encounter, we make an impact– a ripple in their life whether small or big. You may never know just how strong that impact was or how far it spread into someone’s life, but it is always present. I applied to be an intern at World Relief because I hoped that through working…

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Micah and Susan Mhindu came to the Quad Cities through an organization called O’Grady Peyton International. This organization partnered with our office to help families get settled into our community prior to going to work for Genesis Health Systems in various nursing programs. The program is headed by our Church Mobilizer, Kaylee Fisher. Families in…

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Hess grew up in one of Thailand’s seven refugee camps. It was crowded, hot – “like a slum.” Small bamboo houses with leaf roofing were packed in tight, numbered sections, each section containing up to 400. Thousands of people were enclosed by the wire fences that bordered the camp. “The population was roughly 70,0000 or…

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As a child, Marc wasn’t old enough to understand the chaos that enveloped the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family moved to Rwanda when he was four to escape the ongoing civil war. But the aftermath of the civil war left the country divided, and when he returned to DRC at age 12, he was…

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Eamon Garton of Scout Troop 20 is working to achieve the highest rank in scouts: the Eagle Scout. While the title itself is an honor, his goal is to embody its meaning and the obligations it carries.  Eagle Rank “testifies that a Scout has an understanding of his community and his nation, and a willingness to…

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 “I would say for myself personally, I would not have passed this interview prior to studying or teaching this class,” Habie Timbo said, speaking to the challenges her students face in the process to become U.S. citizens. While most of her time at World Relief Quad Cities is dedicated to her role as a caseworker…

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