Tag: Congolese in America

Lisa Amani: The congolese refugee high school graduate who values education after fleeing unrest in Africa

by Wesleigh Ogle | KATU

It’s hard to believe Lisa Amani, a Congolese refugee, is only a high school senior. The Roosevelt High School student has been through so much in 18 years to reach her 2020 graduation.

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Worker From Congo Dies After COVID-19 Outbreak at Iowa Plant

By Associated Press

An immigrant from Congo who worked at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo has died of the coronavirus, the company confirmed. The Congolese community in Waterloo has been mourning the death of Axel Kabeya, which several members announced on social media.

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Congolese refugee launches American art career with help from Refugee Assistance Partners of N.J.

By Brenna Holland | For NJ Advance Media

When Muyambo Marcel Chishimba was referred to the Refugee Assistance Partners of New Jersey (RAP), he expected to be helped in his effort to navigate the government, housing and school systems in his new home of Elizabeth. What Chishimba did not expect was that RAP would be the organization to help jump start his career as an artist in the United States.

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Congolese Director, Tshopher Kabambi’s dream realised with release of ‘Heart of Africa’

As a young man born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tshopher Kabambi dreamed of making movies. He is the director of “Heart of Africa”, the first Congolese-American production of its kind with a story that conveys Christian themes of brotherly love and overcoming prejudice.

By Trent Toone  

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Evodie Tshipamba Receives Outstanding Black Student Award

by: Emma Fleming

Evodie Tshipamba is a recipient of Parkland’s Outstanding Black Student Award. Tshipamba, an electrical engineering major, was recognized by faculty and staff as an outstanding black student for her academic excellence and involvement in the community. She is one of seven students selected for this award. Tshipamba hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, where she says sense of community is a bit different than it is in the U.S.

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This Family Survived an African Refugee Camp. Their New Challenge: Surviving Houston Without a Car. 

Until January, Merci Madilu and his older brother, Espoir, had spent most of their existence in a refugee camp in the landlocked Central African nation of Burundi, where they shared a one-room, mud-walled shelter with their mother and eight younger siblings. 

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International Rescue Committee working to transition refugees coming to the Capital City

By Sophia Hernandez 

Think about this: You are 14 or 15-years-old. You are moving to a new country, don’t know the language, the customs or culture of where you now live.

That’s where the International Rescue Committee in Tallahassee comes in to help.

In February, the group created it’s first literacy program. Now, 44 Congolese students and counting from grades 6 to 12, are not only learning English, but also ways to transition into American society.

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How one Congolese refugee’s organizing efforts helped integrate his community into King County

By Amanda Mancenido, Communities of Opportunity

Floribert Mubalama knows firsthand that it can be hard to find your footing when you transition to life in America as a refugee or immigrant. I met Mubalama through the Congolese Integration Network (CIN), an organization part of the growing group of partners supported by Communities of Opportunity to strengthen the connections that cultural groups have to their communities.

Mubalama courageously shared his story to help affirm that isolation is a common experience for many refugees and immigrants and that becoming involved with cultural community organizations can break that isolation and help people thrive emotionally and economically.

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American lives taking shape: For refugees from the Congo, life in Spokane is one of hope, heartache

By Shawn Vestal 

Veronique Changa Changa recalls the night that she and her family began the long, long journey from the Congo to Spokane.

The 22-year-old burn scars on her leg remain to remind her.

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Congolese refugees become newest Habitat homeowners in Lexington

A mother and daughter are excited for a fresh start after receiving the keys to their new Habitat for Humanity home on Sunday.

Alphosine and her daughter Esther are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but they were living in a refugee camp in Uganda before coming to America.

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