Thursday, February 4, 2010
Non-Profits Help Nepalese Refugees Settle in the Area
by KYW’s Michelle Durham
Several local social service agencies are helping Nepalese refugees settle into new lives here in the Delaware Valley after fleeing political and social injustice in their native country.
Program Director of Lutheran Children and Family service Janet Panning says her job is to help these people, who come into the country with refugee status, assimilate relatively quickly:
"We help them get social security cards, documentation for eligibility for employment, help get children registered in school. We help people get medical exams and we help to make sure that they have safe sanitary housing, furnishings, clothing, transportation to job interviews; all kinds of things in the first 30 days."
With just a small stipend from the state department, Panning says they couldn't provide all that they do without the help of the e community:
"We just had a tremendous group of people in Lansdale from the Hindu temple; people from the Indian community and Nepali community that worked to assist a Bhutanese family that was also Hindu."
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