My name is Mubashirah. My family and I came to America as refugees, in January of 2004. I do not remember exactly when we started school, but I am guessing after New Year’s, maybe the second semester. Because of my age, I started in the 4th grade [I had never attended school before]. It was miserable. I was so clueless when it came to talking, reading or even writing in English. It was frustrating going to school because I did not know what the teacher was saying, and the worse part was coming home and struggling with the homework. I was put into an ESOL class, which was a class for students who spoke English as a second language. I still felt embarrassed because I would get pulled out of class for ESOL. However, things started to get better when a teacher in my school introduces my family to the Family Heritage Foundation (FHF) afterschool program for extra tutorial help.
Homework was not a struggle anymore. Not only was I helped with my homework, but we were given extra help with reading, math, typing, etc. The tutors at the program were very friendly and understanding. My personal favorite was Mrs. Susan. My favorite subject is Math because of her. She made homework EASY. She was patient and kind.
My siblings and I registered in the FHF after-school program. It was amazing!
As of right now, I attend Georgia State University. I am majoring in Radiologic Tech. I work at a major grocery store. I recently bought a car, a Nissan Altima. Anyhow, the program is one of the reasons for where I am right now in my life.
Currently, FHF has 45 students enrolled in their afterschool program, with over 30 students on their waiting list. Please, sponsor a tutor for other refugee children like me.
FHF afterschool program has the potential to touch the world through the many different people groups here in our community.