Thank you for helping refugees like Sara go to school!

Rebuilding Hope, October 2013 edition
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We want to thank you for all your support for LIRS that makes it possible for us to help girls like Sara excel in their new life here in the United States!
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Sara is an inspiring young lady from Burma who was resettled to the United States in 2010 after spending several years in a refugee camp in Thailand. She came alone – with her family remaining in Burma and Thailand – knew little English, and was unsure what to expect here. The only certainty in her life was her dream to go to school…

And a few years later she has surpassed all of the challenges that life put before her and has excelled in both high school and college, thanks to your support!

When she first arrived, Sara assumed she would have to work and would not be able to go to school. But to her excitement, she was helped by the staff of LIRS affiliate Bethany Christian Services and able to enroll in a local high school.

“My education was hard, but I was determined and had a lot of help from others. I got my education and I know that if my family knew then they would be proud,” Sara says.

“Sara came to the U.S. knowing very little English, but she focused and successfully graduated from high school and advanced to study at college,” says a Bethany Christian Services worker who supported Sara.

“She’s an inspiration to so many people. There are teens in our community who struggle to make it through high school, yet Sara experienced a violent situation where she had to leave her family and country, risking her life, and she overcame so many challenges to accomplish what she has to date.”

October 11 was International Day of the Girl, a day that promotes girls’ human rights, highlights gender inequalities and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe. The theme this year was “Innovating for Girls’ Education.”

We want to thank you for all your support for LIRS that makes it possible for us to help girls like Sara excel in their new life here in the United States! It’s a privilege to serve together with you in this important part of our mission of welcome!

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