A Few of Our Favorite Stories from 2018 by Andrew Goodwin, Digital Communications Assistant As 2018 comes to an end, we decided to take a look back at the last year and find some of our favorite stories from the last twelve months. In a year of difficult news for refugees and immigrants, re-...

30 Dec 2018

“Our message to the world is 'love to love.” by Rachel French, Guest Writer and Gonzaga University Senior “What was life like in Iraq? Can you describe what your daily life looked like?” Bushra looked at her husband, Ahmed, as if to search for some sort of response. Maybe it was the...

28 Dec 2018

A Story of Grit and Hope There are two words that Yanella Molinelli will never say. “I never say ‘I can’t,” she says. “I say, I’ll try.” Though her journey to being a United States citizen has been filled with as many ups-and-downs as a rollercoaster, Yanella continues to live out that...

29 Oct 2018

*We use Abida instead of her given name in order to protect her family back in Afghanistan When Abida* was in her home country of Afghanistan, she rose at 5 a.m. to go to work under cover of darkness. She worked as a security guard for the US Embassy in Kabul, but this connection with the United...

29 May 2018

If you ever need to find Adaga, look for the beaming smile. “I just try to stay positive,” she says. “Other people’s smiles helped me when life was hard, so I try to do the same thing for them.” Adaga is a former refugee from Eritrea, a small African nation which officially became its own...

29 May 2018

Spokane Gives “Second Life” after 22 Years in a Refugee Camp Every now and then, life gives us a second chance to restart our lives. This can look different for many people; graduating college, moving to a new city, starting a job, or entering into a relationship. For Dil Khadka, he received his...

29 May 2018

There are roughly 18,000 students in Washington, and 800,000 nationwide, that are protected by DACA. Each living individual lives with a unique story; a story filled with fear, hope, and a personal drive to make the most out of their lives in America. Catalina (Cat) Corvalan, 20, a...

29 May 2018

Truly understanding the plight of a refugee can only come from experience; even then, it is almost impossible to emphasize with each individual’s story. Maria Naccarato, World Relief volunteer, spent three years of her life as a foreigner in another country and has only scratched the surface...

29 May 2018

Pastor Daniel Nyluak (pronounced: nied-lock) smiles as he greets members of his congregation before church. Wearing a bright pink and white shirt, he greets visitors and church members with the same gregarious nature and listening ear.   As the service begins by sharing testimonies, Daniel...

29 May 2018

Just as Elizabeth took in her unexpectedly pregnant cousin Mary, World Relief Spokane knows that women are uniquely capable of helping other women in need. That’s the idea behind our Women Who Stand program, which recognizes that refugee women are especially vulnerable. They face the same...

29 May 2018