IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE RESOURCE VILLAGE
                       OF ALBUQUERQUE 

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UBUNTU

 

 
Matunda Ya Yesu African Youth Choir Will Be In Concert At The Unity Spiritual Church, 9800 Candelaria Road NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
On Saturday, June 16th 2018 at 7.00 P.M.  The South African Orion Duet will join them.

Love Offering will be accepted,

CD's, Crafts, Books will be on sale after the concert.

Creating financial futures for children and NMWGP in 2011

2009 - 2011 Some of New Mexico Women's Global Pathways Artisans. 
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NMWGP is now a flagship program of IRRVA. It was founded by Nkazi Sinandile and established by two Bhutanese and four African women in January 2009. Its participants, local and global women created crafts at the Women's Design Collective which was an enterprise of the St. Joseph Community Health in Albuquerque under the direction of Michelle Melendez. NMWGP continues to be 100% volunteer driven, unfunded and supported by the New Mexico Community and other USA donors.

THE UBUNTU VILLAGE
Bridging Gaps, Enhancing Services, Mentoring, Feeding, Clothing, Educating, Advocating, Growing Resilient Youth, Preventing Homelessness since the fall of 2006, Researching Best Ways To Teach English as A Second Language, Motivating Youth To Study Hard and to be proud of who they are.

NEWS  RELEASE  FOR  IMMEDIATE RELEASE : CELEBRATE  WORLD  REFUGEE DAY AT NEW MEXICO WOMEN'S GLOBAL PATHWAYS PROGRAM OF IRRVA POP UP CRAFT SALE :  


 BUY LOCALLY HAND MADE IN ALBUQUERQUE UNIQUE AND TRADITIONALLY INSPIRED TOTE BAGS, JEWELRY, DASHIKI SHIRTS, HEAD CLOTHS, KITENGES/SAREES AND LOOK FOR REDUCED PRICES ON SOME ITEMS.

CANNOT MAKE IT? NO PROBLEM.  PLEASE DONATE AT THIS SITE. THANK YOU.


COME CELEBRATE RESILIENCE OF ALBUQUERQUE'S OWN FAMILIES WITH US


WEDNESDAY JUNE 20 FROM 09.00 A.M. TO 7.00 P.M.   BRINGS LOTS OF CASH AS WE MAY NOT HAVE A WAY FOR CREDIT CARD MACHINE.



VENUE:   IRRVA/NMWGP'S FUTURE SKILLS TRAINING CENTER

120 MESILLA DRIVE NE,

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO 87108

Addressing the unique overall health needs of Refugee, Immigrant and local vulnerable children with cultural sensitivity that respects their self worth and dignity.

OUR WORK:

Since 2006 In collaboration with local organizations and parents we work to ensure that the resilient yet at risk youth of Our Village are equipped to deal with life struggles and through our actions let them know that they belong to a loving and caring community. 

We ensure that they do not join the prison pipeline, do not end up in the custody of the government, but thrive socially, economically, educationally, spiritually and culturally. When we support parents we support the children.





                 UBUNTU PROJECT

(South African Philosophy of Life which means

I am because you are)




Read To Excel By Albuquerque Academy Students





Early Childhood Classes
New Mexico Women's Global Pathways Ubuntu Project
At Read To Excel with Albuquerque Academy Volunteer Students.



Albuquerque's Own

Matunda  Ya Yesu African Youth Choir 2014


Immigrant and Refugee Resource of Albuquerque (IRRVA), and New Mexico Women's Global Pathways work is targeted to families and children, who are the most vulnerable and fail to thrive socially, economically, politically, educationally and culturally. While our major focus is black children from the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, Somalia, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Cammeroon, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ethiopia, Zambia and other parts of Africa we serve other nationalities. From the establishment of IRRVA we realized that the struggles of our black children in particular those who are refugees and immigrants are also the struggles of children and families from Latin America, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries, consequently, we widened our tent to cater for non black children and their families since 2007.

In Albuquerque New Mexico there are several organizations that serve the families served at IRRVA, but severe service gaps remain.

IRRVA seeks to improve cross collaboration among various agencies that serve these families in order to identify severe gaps and systemic barriers, and develop strategies for solving those challenges. We seek to address the unique needs of refugees, recently arrived, and other vulnerable children and their families. We will identify strategies to address the resource gaps and system barriers and to address general healthcare challenges facing these families.

FOCUS AREAS:

Advocacy

Promoting rights to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social and political life in the New Mexico's diverse immigrant, refugee, asylee and other vulnerable local communities.

Interfacing with legislators, church leaders, organization leaders and community leaders to address and advocate for equitable services to meet the unique needs of New Mexico's vulnerable people.

  • Mentoring across ages
  • Prevention of Homelessness
  • Identify and address education gaps
  • Education :    tutoring, basic computer literacy, prevention and promotion of health and Home Economics, Child rearing in America, domestic violence, substance abuse, nutrition, micro=enterprise
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Crisis Management
  • Jobs Skills Training and Development
  • Meaningful Language Acquisition
  • Leadership Development
  • Civics Education
  • Cultural Orientation
  • Intensive Case Management
  • Education of the Receiving communities about the resilience, challenges and strengths of those we serve
  • Social gatherings
  • Conflict resolution among various ethnicities
  • Community Engagement and Leadership Training
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 Please visit this link on Youtube- https://youtu.be/oa_iALqsv_U

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The Problem:  According to the United Nations, there are about 60 million uprooted people around the world who seek safety in another country. 75- 80 percent are women and children. Albuquerque has become home to many who've lost everything; widows, victims of murder, rape, terrorism and torture. They come from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean, often with no formal education and without the ability to speak, read, and write English. They arrive with the clothes on their backs, no job skills, and unable to communicate in their new country. These women and children are terrified, lonely and lost as they fall through cracks.

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IRRVA AT A GLANCE

IRRVA was established by a South African couple Lungile and Nkazi alongside other Africans in 2006 primarily to advocate for and bridge gaps in service for African refugees, asylees and immigrants, but serves others from Middle East, Latin America, Asia and the U.S.A since 2007.

IRRVA is an unfunded, 100% volunteer-driven, non-profit organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico. IRRVA is dedicated to providing a safety net for immigrants, refugees and their families through a variety of programs, resources, and support. Co-founded by Nkazi and Lungile Sinandile, themselves immigrants from South Africa, the goal of IRRVA is to help its participants make a successful transition to life in their new community, including social-emotion, physical, educational, and financial well-being.  The long-term goal is for IRRVA community members to assume leadership roles within IRRVA and the greater community- sharing their individual talents and gifts with their community. IRRVA provides a level and quality of support that speaks directly to the hearts of its community participants.

A wide range of programs are offered to the adults in the IRRVA community, but below is a description of education programs offered specifically for the YOUNG people in IRRVA:

   

1. Early Childhood Developmental Program, for children between the ages of 3-5, whose parents are participating in the Women's Global Pathways Project. The Early Childhood Program meets two mornings a week, from 10 AM to 12:30pm. The opportunity to engage in a high quality, nurturing, and culturally sensitive preschool-type setting is vital for the children of the IRRVA Community. The Early Childhood Developmental Programs goal is to nurture the development of its students- socially, cognitively, and language-wise- and to help prepare the students for a more formal school setting, as they begin Kindergarten. The Early Childhood Developmental program follows a daily schedule of activities, including Circle Time, Music, Art, Story Time, Sharing Time, Snack, and Outdoor and Indoor Play. Parents of the children participate in all classes. Classes are exciting, dynamic, and highly interactive.

                       

2. For students in grades K 12, IRRVA offers Read to Excel classes on Saturday afternoons, from 2-4 pm. Read to Excel falls under the direction of Lungile and Nkazi Sinanadile, but is planned and executed by a group of Albuquerque Academy students.  This vital program provides both academic support as well as mentorship for IRRVA student participants. Each class includes personal and/or small group instruction by a large number of dedicated volunteers from Albuquerque Academy, with each session including practice in speaking English, reading, writing, and math, as well as assistance with homework.  Snacks are provided for students at each session.  Social/recreational events are also planned for the IRRVA students by the Read-to-Excel tutors, and are offered at regular intervals throughout the school year.

3. For students in grades K-12, The After-School Tutoring Program is another support program that is available on Monday afternoons. 

This program offers 1-on-1 trained, adult tutors for participating students.  Binders/Materials have been created for each students, based on individualized testing results.  Each student binder also contains the following:  1. A personal journal section to provide each student with the opportunity to recount his/her own story (in as much detail as s/he wishes), using art, templates, maps, open pages, check lists of students preferences, etc. 2: A writing workbook, for writing practice based on the individual student's present level of writing skills. 3. A notecard box with 200 high frequency, sight words in it for the student and tutor to study. 4. A picture dictionary for each student. Access to a picture dictionary will increase student's ability to search and find words they are unable to say in English, but would like to use in their journals or in their conversations. 5: A bookshelf on wheels with culturally-sensitive books at various levels of reading, for the student to choose to read to and/or read with his/her tutor during each session.  A healthy snack, including fruit, protein, and fresh water is provided during each session.

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New Mexico Women's Global Pathways flagship program of IRRVA is a grassroots project that was founded by Nkazi Sinandile and established in February 2009 by Asian, African, Latin American and USA women and girls to build economic futures for their children and themselves.  www.nmwgp.org

Education, Micro-Enterprise, Job Development

(Sewing, Beading, Other Needle Art, Computer Literacy, Leadership Development, Preventive and Promotion of Health, Parent Engagement Regarding Children's Education)

English as a Second Language

Weekly Basic English as A Second Language Lessons by volunteers help families access community resources. We also offer Computer Based English as a Second language and hope to offer computer training to adults and young students with an utmost goal of teaching website design and coding.

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Skills training including gardening therefore growing own food helps families use skills brought from own countries to provide healthy food for their children/themselves.






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