Happy New Year and Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday and New YearWhen refugees arrive not knowing their date of birth — because it was never recorded, or because birthdays aren’t observed back home — government officials give them a birthday: January 1.

This creates common ground and a great opportunity to celebrate, welcoming refugees and a new year of safety and possibilities.

Here are several articles highlighting celebrations and refugees perspective about birthdays across the country.

Los Angeles, CA       Boston, MA       Chicago, IL       Syracuse, NY       Minneapolis, MN

Consider organizing a celebration with an employer of a large number of refugees next year.  This great job development strategy could build team spirit and stonger understanding of refugee colleague perspectives.

Click here to see how IRC turns a teaching moment into a national fundraising strategy.  It’s explained so well, I quoted part of their description in this post.


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