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

Hassan left Iraq in October 2009, fleeing life-threatening persecution for a refugee camp in Lebanon. After almost three years in Lebanon, Hassan and his family were placed in Spokane in September, 2012. It was a near-perfect fit. “I didn’t feel like an outsider,” Hassan said. “The people of...

29 May 2018

Shah and her four children were well-hidden. Sitting inside stacks of crates with just a small hole to let in air, she hoped they would make it. The family of five was forced to sneak into their seventh country in eleven years and all they could do was pray their seventh country would be the right...

29 May 2018

by Andrew Goodwin, Media & Communications Coordinator One of the most important days in the lives of some of our refugees is the day they become a United States citizen. After five years of living in the America, they can earn the right to that title and all of the benefits which come...

29 May 2018

The Congolese family that the Newtons were hosting didn’t show up until midnight. They didn’t eat the culturally appropriate meal that the Newtons had prepared. And they didn’t come alone. Throngs of Congolese community members came from the airport to show the family to their hosts’ home. “It...

29 May 2018