In June, a large group of families made their way to Portland, ME seeking asylum, traveling by bus from San Antonio, Texas. This was the last leg of a very long journey, taking them from their home countries of Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where they fled violence and oppression.
Starting this week, we are entering our 5th Super Summer in Lewiston! Over the next 7 weeks, over 70 kids will join us each day for an exciting day camp filled with community art activities, character building actives, and some really fun group learning activities like dance, sewing science basketball and so much more!
The City of Portland is currently welcoming hundreds of new asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. Over 150 are currently being housed at the Portland Expo, we are told that hundreds more are in route. This is a dynamic, changing scene - and there is much work to be done. Here are a few things you can do right now.
Some of the men carried guns. Others brandished knives and bows and arrows. Most were naked. The men appeared by the hundreds on the horizon, fixated on a defenseless village called Tsaka Tsaka. The locals peered out of their mud huts and, without a second thought, ran for their lives. Eight-year-old Louise darted past the village farmland with her family. They would spend the next few days starving in the wilderness before finally heading back to Tsaka Tsaka.
This past week, we had a the opportunity to celebrate the hard work of 21 very special neighbors. Our adult English Language students and volunteer teachers have built a beautiful community of neighbors, sharing life and language each Tuesday and Thursday morning.
Mustafa’s story reminds us that life isn’t a solitary endeavor. For as much as his journey is a tale of mental fortitude in the face of extreme adversity, it’s also about the importance of community—teachers, counselors, parents, and friends— in facing life’s most difficult challenges.