We are beyond grateful to KeyBank for their generous grant of $200,000. The funding will support refugee and immigrant farmers and business professionals in our Global Gardens and Global Talent programs.
For example, we'll now be able to expand our Global Gardens community garden and launch a business-focused English class for our Global Talent job seekers.
"We're so excited to have support from KeyBank to really address needs that we've seen over the years," said Hannah Roche, manager of Global Talent. "For example, we will be creating a business English class for Global Talent participants that will increase their ability to thrive in the workplace.”
"With this grant we will be developing the community garden, which is in Boise city limits and also in a low-income area," said Rabiou Manzo, who managed Global Gardens for the past three seasons. "That will provide fresh vegetables to people and produce less greenhouse gases. Farmers will learn techniques to increase yield and decrease food waste. We are hoping this will increase racial and financial equity for refugee farmers in Idaho."
Read the full press release here, and check out the feature in the Idaho Press' Town Talk.
Najib Amani worked with the U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan for eight years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While he was flying missions, his wife was serving a mission of her own. Najib’s wife is an educator with a special passion to educate Afghan girls and women.
After the fall of Afghanistan in the 2021, Najib followed orders to evacuate his plane out of the country. The cost of that order was leaving his wife and their two children behind. Najib’s wife kept teaching, in person and on Zoom. Teaching is her life’s mission.
Since 2021, the Taliban has restricted the rights of women and girls to attend school. In March of this year, the Taliban denied education for girls above 6th grade. In December of 2022, the Taliban extended that edict to women and girls attending public and private universities.
Najib brought the Boise community together on Dec. 22 on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol to stand for his wife, daughter, and all women of Afghanistan. He is joining with Afghan and human rights advocates internationally to demand, “Let the Afghan girls go to school!”
Najib said he does not think it is fair that his son should be able to receive an education while his daughter should stay home, the Idaho Statesman reported, and he will continue to voice his support for women in his home nation, even from afar.
Hannah Roche and Zahraa Naser, members of the Global Talent team at IOR, take part in a rally supporting Afghan girls' education. Najib Amani, who organized the rally, is a client of Global Talent and is working to become certified as a pilot in the U.S. His wife, daughter and son remain in Afghanistan.
Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2023 Idaho Conference on Refugees: Creating Connection.
The two-day conference, February 22 & 23 at Boise State University, is geared toward professionals working with refugees in Idaho and toward community members with lived refugee and immigrant experience.
Workshops are curated to present avenues of advocacy, increase community capacity, expand cultural awareness, and provide continuing education credits for eligible professions.
Keynote, local artist performances and plenary sessions will be inspirational and visionary.
Registration includes built-in networking opportunities and a full breakfast and lunch for both days with many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options! A special Neighbors United Reception is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; all registrants are welcome.
We are thrilled to welcome New York-based artist and illustrator Jane Chu as our keynote speaker. Jane has traveled the country to share the stories of refugees and immigrants in a unique way -- including Idaho's own Palina Louangketh. Jane is inspired by the journey her own mother took at a young age, leaving behind all she knew to find a life of safety and opportunity.
Please join us for a time of connection, growth and learning. Scholarships are available, and fee waivers are offered for attendees from refugee backgrounds.
SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS
If you or your company would like to come alongside us by sponsoring this event, volunteering, or hosting a table for your organization, we would love to hear from you!
The Idaho Conference on Refugees is presented by Boise State University and the Idaho Office for Refugees.
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager
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