We're thrilled to introduce Zahraa Naser, our newest career advisor at Global Talent.
Zahraa is originally from Iraq and grew up in Boise. She brings years of experience in working with refugees and immigrants.
“I know how difficult it can be to start all over or even find a job within their field," she said.
As a career advisor she'll be working closely with job seekers to help them rebuild and reclaim their careers in Idaho.
One way to get toddlers to eat carrots and beets? Let them pick it from the ground and wash it themselves.
That’s just what 2-year-old twins Ransom and Rachel did at the Global Gardens Pond Street farm during an August field trip.
The twins and their peers from Welcome Friends Childcare & Preschool LLC visited the Boise farm to learn where the veggies they eat at day care come from and how they’re grown.
Welcome Friends is one of seven childcare facilities that partners with Global Gardens and Nutrition Works to receive fresh produce grown by local farmers from refugee backgrounds.
The program reaches between 60 and 100 children from Caldwell to Mountain Home for 18 weeks during the growing season.
“The impact of Welcome Friends Childcare's connection with Global Gardens can't be overstated,” Welcome Friends owner Jacqueline Manderscheid said. “The children in my program have multi-sensory connections with their food. It's an experience every child deserves to have.”
Read on to see some adorable pictures and video from the visit!
Central District Health is providing a back-to-school immunization clinic at Whittier Elementary School in Boise from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 12.
Pre-K through 12th grade students will be able to get any required school entry immunizations at no cost.
Below are flyers in Arabic, English, Farsi and Swahili. Interpreters will also be available at the clinic.
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Global Gardens, our Boise-based program for farmers, is grateful to announce that Spirit Airlines has generously donated $20,000 toward our efforts!
The airlines presented the check to our team on Friday, Aug. 5, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the airline's first flight from Boise.
Funny story - we almost missed this amazing opportunity.
"I have a confession to make," said Rabiou Manzo, Global Gardens program manager (first picture above). "With all the spam calls we receive these days, when I first picked up Lanie’s call from Spirit Airlines, I thought for a minute that I had picked a spam call. I almost said, 'Thank you, but I’m busy right now.' I’m so grateful that I didn’t!"
This donation creates a win-win by helping farmers take their careers to the next level while giving the local community more access to fresh produce.
For almost 20 years Global Gardens has provided training and resources to refugee and immigrant farmers, allowing them to continue farming as they rebuild their lives here in the U.S. Several of our farmers grow ethnic produce from their home countries that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible to local buyers.
We currently have six farm sites and 16 farmers in the Global Gardens program. Land is generously leased at no charge by the City of Boise, Five Mile Church of the Nazarene, Blue Cross of Idaho, Healthwise, the Idaho Department of Correction, and a private Boise resident.
"It’s exciting to see Spirit Airlines come alongside our mission to build healthier communities and bring more opportunities to the farmers who grow our food locally," Rabiou said.
We're not the only ones benefitting. The Spirit Charitable Foundation has committed to give $1 million in 2022 toward helping children and their family members, service members, and the environment, according to Simple Flying. We're grateful to be among the recipients.
Join Our CSA
It's not too late to join the Global Garden's CSA program. Members of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) receive weekly produce from a Global Gardens farmer. It's the largest CSA program in the Treasure Valley!
Visit globalgardensboise.org before Aug. 21 coming days to sign up for the final six weeks of the growing season.
Calling Boise-area volunteers! The English Language Center is growing and could use your help on Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays during the day. Classroom volunteers help with small group activities, one-on-one practice, and material preparation. The ELC serves adults who are newly resettled in Boise.
Sign up here!
Please join us in welcoming the English Language Center's newest team member, Judith Mwamba!
Judith started this month as a teaching assistant at the ELC in Boise. She brings a bright light to the center and has quickly built a good rapport with students.
Judith is new to Boise. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she lived in Namibia for over 20 years. She has an associate degree in accounting and auditing.
Judith enjoys spending time helping people in various ways. Since arriving in Boise, she has interpreted for the International Rescue Committee and has volunteered with IOR's Global Talent program.
Judith's experiences as a refugee, with refugees, and with different language and cultural groups give her the strength, understanding and knowledge to assist others along their journey.
Eulalia Gallegos has joined the city of Boise as Language Access Program Manager.
Her role focuses on ensuring equal access to city services, activities, programs, and facilities for bilingual or multilingual people or those who prefer a language other than English.
Eulalia is in the process of developing a citywide plan to formalize language access and create an inclusive environment that fully embraces and centers the voices of Indigenous, im/migrant, and refugee communities.
Eulalia has lived in Southwest Idaho for most of her life. Her academic and career trajectory has focused on creating more accessible public institutions. She graduated from The College of Idaho with a bachelor's in biology and minors in political economy, Spanish, and journalism in 2017. She then pursued a master's in education with certification to teach secondary natural science and biology from the University of Idaho and graduated in 2019.
A fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Idaho, Eulalia's dissertation explores the experience of bi/multilingual Latino students and families in rural Southwest Idaho. She's excited about enhancing language access services for the City of Boise and working with communities to ensure all residents have meaningful access.
Global Talent, a career guidance program at the Idaho Office for Refugees, is thrilled to introduce new team member Arbay Mberwa.
Arbay is serving as a Global Talent intern for six weeks this summer. She will be organizing Global Talent's next Career Summit on Aug. 18.
This is a big endeavor, as it's been more than two years since the last summit due to the pandemic.
"We are so thankful to have Arbay on the team, and will benefit greatly from her leadership, vision, and organizational skills!" said Global Talent Project Manager Hannah Roche.
Arbay Mberwa was born in a small village in Kenya and was raised in Boise. She's going into her senior year at Boise State University majoring in urban studies and community development.
"I like to ride my longboard and go on walks in the park," she said. "Ready to learn new information with this internship and to organize the career summit."
Photo: Angie Smith