Sobeyla: A Single Mother from Afghanistan.
After her husband abandoned her in Iran and left her to support their children alone, Sobeyla made the treacherous journey with them on foot from Iran to Turkey before deciding to seek refuge in the US. Upon their arrival, they faced many difficulties, which included the English language barrier, as well as they were also being illiterate in their native language.
“I was completely lost; I was on my own, and my oldest child is only 17 years old,” Sobeyla said. “REDA'S team works 24/7 and have saved me in numerous occasions.”, with tears in her eyes, she added, “I thank God in my prayers every day for placing us in the safe hands of REDA’s volunteers. I can’t imagine not having their support in this journey. As strong as I am, I found it very difficult to be in a new place with no means and no family. But today, my kids have started their education journey; they started to read and write.” Sobeyla continues to receive support services from REDA. We recently helped her oldest son get his first job to help support his single mom in continuing to care for his brothers and sisters.
Nadia: A Journalist from Iraq.
Nadia fled Iraq seven years ago with her children, after dealing with violence that led to her husband’s murder. She wanted to provide a safe environment where her family can thrive. Today, she has a granddaughter who loves her Chihuahua and takes him everywhere. She said, “I just wanted support from someone I can trust, and REDA proved to be trustworthy,”
Help REDA to Help Refugees
IN THE LAST SIX YEARS, Sacramento Valley has become home to a community of over 5,000 refugee families who have fled war and violence hoping for a new start and a bright future in the USA.
NOW MORE THAN EVER, the requests for REDA services have grown due to the additional strain on these families from the COVID-19 pandemic
YOUR FINANCIAL GIFT, when combined with those of other donors, becomes a powerful tool that will allow REDA to keep helping these families.
Your financial gift will support these two Programs:
1. COVID-19 Quarantine Emergency Assistance (in collaboration with Sacramento Region Community Foundation):
Since September 2020, REDA provided emergency supplies to numerous refugee families that had a family member who has tested positive for COVID-19. The supplies included food, medication, hygiene, some PPEs, and cleaning products to sustain the whole family during their 14-day quarantining period. The average cost of providing the supplies per family is $300 for 14 days. As of now, REDA exhausted the entire small grant received from the “Sacramento Region Community Foundation “, but REDA is still receiving applications from 1 to 2 families per day. We expect the number of infected families to keep increasing with the California’s second lockdown and the remarkable increase in COVID-19 cases. Your donation will allow the REDA team to support more refugee families and help the increasing number of patients to properly quarantine without being forced to break the quarantine and go out to get their needed supplies for survival, which will help preserving community and public health.
2. Providing In-Office (By appointments) and Virtual / Remote Case Management & Social Services:
While our offices have had to close in order to comply with social distancing guidelines, ending our services was not an option. Our team continued to provide services remotely through the digital “Help Line” and through contactless delivery. Some of our services include: Filling for housing, social service, and employment applications, help with navigating unfamiliar medical, educational, and social systems, translation services, emergency fund, rent relief, and much more. Through your financial gifts, the REDA service center will be able to continue providing our critically needed services and programs in a new COVID-19 compliant in-person capacity.
Without your financial support, the refugee community that depends on us will lose an instrumental tool and avenue for support, survival, and success.
What refugee families need more than anything is action, not only words of sympathy. To inspire this action, we kindly urge you to share our page with your larger circle and help spread the word.