We are continually humbled by the farmers at New Roots for Refugees. They are always giving us a new perspective- showing us a new way to look at the world. They teach us how to go with the flow, how to laugh even when things aren’t going our way, and how to be generous.
Yesterday one of the farmers in our program, SiSi Cho, brought extra produce to the market. She knew there was an emergency assistance location with a food pantry just a few doors down from where we were selling. She wanted to give the pantry extra produce from her garden. SiSi explained that when they were in the refugee camp, everything they had was donated. UNHCR and people from other countries brought food, donated clothes and gave oil. Everything they had was donated, and they needed it- they had nothing. Now that she has enough, she wants to donate what she has to help people who need it. She said they are also able to send money every month to the camp they lived in- mostly for oil they need. She wants to help people that need it, like her family was helped in Thailand.
Every day at New Roots for Refugees, we are able to interact with people from different countries who have struggled- people who have fled their countries, left their families and come to the United States to start a new life. Each one of them has a unique story, a reason for joining our program and a reason to hope. And they have much to teach us. We are so honored to be a part of their story- and are glad to be partners in their struggle to create a new life here.