This past Saturday, June 20th, was World Refugee Day, a day when we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees around the world.
To me, the stories of refugees truly embody the resilience of the human spirit. They remind me that I am capable of hard things and that love and family and community are worth fighting for. As such, I hope that this episode will inspire you during this uncertain time in our nation’s history.
Today’s guest, Nelda Ault-Dyslin, has extensive experience working with refugee communities, first at the Bowling Green International Center, a small resettlement center in Kentucky originally founded in the 1990s to serve the Bosnian refugee community, and now as a founding member of the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection or CRIC, as they call it, in Logan Utah.
I hope that as you listen, you might get one tiny idea of how you can be a better neighbor and community member–or even just one tiny bit of knowledge that will help you to better understand the issues that you hear about in the news about refugees and immigration.
Any effort you make to expand your worldview and become more aware of your neighbors matters! I am grateful to be part of a community of podcast listeners who deeply believes that.
How to Help Refugees
Three Takeaways for Welcoming and Supporting Refugee Communities
1. Be creative and humble when learning about refugee communities.
2. Before assuming you know what kind of help a community member needs, ask them.
3. Support efforts and organizations that recognize the assets that refugees bring with them, instead of focusing only on the needs.
Other Episodes You Might Like
- Episode 110: How to Compassionately Respond to Homelessness
- Episode 132: Inspiring Bravery in Our Kids Through Role Models
- Episode 21: 3 Easy but Impactful Ways to Deepen Relationships with Others
This month of episodes is brought to us by Bravery Magazine, a quarterly publication that teaches children to be compassionate and courageous world-changers. Their newest issue focuses specifically on issues facing refugees, as it spotlights Olympic swimmer and Syrian refugee, Yusra Mardini. For 10% off, use the code 3IN30 at checkout.
Do you have any other questions about how to help refugees? What did you find most helpful? Let me know in a comment below!