In 2017, CARV raised over $7000 from 121 individuals to help Sponsor a family from Syria https://www.gofundme.com/from-syria-to-cincinnati
The Osman family came to Cincinnati a little over a year ago seeking refuge from the Syrian Civil War, which has claimed the lives of nearly a half a million by some estimates. Since arriving, the Osmans have started learning English, experienced American culture, shared their own culture, and touched the lives of many. Recently, the family of seven welcomed their newest addition, a healthy baby boy. Now, they will no longer have the airfare debt nor medical expenses holding them back. There was even a little money left over to put towards their rent. They are eternally grateful.
CARV members have also been active for the past year assisting Catholic Charities in Refugee Resettlement. Over 30 members have contributed directly to making these new Americans welcome in our community. Activities include:
- sorting and transporting household items from the warehouse to the families' new homes
- teaching English once a week to a class
- transporting refugees to their initial doctor appointments
- gardening with Bhutanese farmers at Gorman Heritage Farm
- assisting with World Refugee Day festivities
In addition, they mentored a Syrian family of six. They introduced them to pumpkin carving, had an outing to Smale Park on the riverfront, shared Thanksgiving dinner, tutored the children, worked on ESL with the parents, tookthem to the doctor and FOUND A JOB for the dad, Bassam, in his chosen field - shoemaking, etc. Our objective is to help them navigate their new community and become independent.