WOMEN'S REFUGEE CARE
Executive director aline binyungu on vaccinating the refugee community
As part of the COVID-19 vaccine campaign, WRC hosted a vax clinic on Saturday, July 3rd and Saturday, August 7th. With the support of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) we want our communities to be reached and all of us to be free to kick out this pandemic that is terrifying the whole world. The clinic will be combined with our new initiative, Give a Smile to Your Neighbor; a monthly event where we gather with the community to distribute food, fish and many other beautiful things. Read more below.
A big thank you to our friends at the Positive Payload Program for choosing us for a $250 donation! We rely on trucks of various kinds for transporting donations and distributing food and other resources. You can learn more about the program and how to apply here.
WRC Backpack drive
A big thank you to all our supporters and community members who came out for the backpack drive! It was such a joy to see the kids' smiling faces as they received their new backpack for the upcoming school year.
A key part of our education program is making sure refugee children don't struggle in school due to lack of support or resources. We know first hand how difficult it can be to start a new school in a new country, and we want to do everything we can to ease the transition!
Clinic, food and goods distribution, and independence celebration
After a long year of separation, we were finally able to get together on Saturday, Jul 3rd to host a vaccine clinic, food and donation drive, and cookout! In partnership with the RI Health Department, we were able to successfully vaccinate 10 members of our community. We want to thank all who came to the event, especially those who volunteered time and supplies to help the day run smoothly.
We came back on August 7th to administer the second dose and offer cultural foods, fish, feminine hygiene and cleaning supplies to our community. If you would like to support Women's Refugee Care and the families we serve, please feel free to contact us to see how you can help or make a donation. See 'Get Involved' to learn more.
WRC Receives RI FOUDNDATION COVID RELIEF GRANT
The RI Foundation recently announced $1.7 million in grants to be awarded to organizations that are actively working to help Rhode Islanders with the COVID-19 crisis - this round, Women's Refugee Care was one of the recipients!
Our Women's Empowerment Program offers counseling and empowerment for the powerful women in our refugee community who are survivors of violence, trauma, and hardship and have symptoms of PTSD. COVID-19 brought tremendous hardship to our refugee community in Rhode Island and this source of desperation brings many to collapse in alcohol subsistence and need therapy. We anticipate this funding will help us to continue providing the resources to address increases in negative health outcomes we are seeing during these challenging times.
Please read the Providence Journal article below! Our project manager, Clement Shabani, is quoted in it!