IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE RESOURCE VILLAGE
                       OF ALBUQUERQUE 

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COVID - 19 PANDEMIC AND IRRVA'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD 

                            MASKS FOR COVID 19 MADE IN OUR FACILITY

 

                                                          COVID 19 MASKS 

Currently IRRVA (Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque) with its flagship -  New Mexico Women's Global Pathways -  has been very busy in different ways to help our community. 

 Nkazi, the Executive Director for Women's Global Pathways have young adults whom she has trained in sewing. These young ladies were eager to sew when hearing that masks are needed in hundreds or thousands. Later they were joined by ladies from Afghanistan who already knew how to sew. They started sewing at Mesilla, our Center, and now in their homes.

                      FOOD DELIVERIES

Food distribution

With help from different organizations and New Mexicans, this Organization has delivered dozens of food baskets to several homes around  the city especially the international district. Some of these homes were under quarantine due positive testing on Covid - 19.







IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE RESOURCE VILLAGE OF ALBUQUERQUE

Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque is a 100% volunteer driven African community-based organization that promotes social, economic justice and empowerment of African immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in New Mexico. They have lost everything- family, home and health. IRRVA was incorporated as a 501 c (3) in 2011. Most of the program participants served are widows, immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, victims of rape and torture. Our programs help families adjust to their new home, receive the training and support needed to be self-sufficient economically, educationally, socially and become leaders in their own societies. The majority reside in the Greater Albuquerque area, including the International District, and are from Africa, Asia, The Middle East, Haiti, Mexico, Cuba and the United States. 

Our main focus is to build strong financial futures for vulnerable children, their families and communities. Many refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, local low income marginalized families lack the earnings, resources, assets or social support systems that are necessary to meet their needs to thrive well. The majority of participants in our organization were born and raised in refugee camps, come from impoverished countries or are born and raised in New Mexico impoverished communities that are disconnected from the economic mainstream. The latter includes the homeless and those on the verge of homelessness.

The above videos are the South African Orion Duet and Matunda Ya Yesu African Youth Choir

Lungile and Nkazi Sinandile sing as a duet and are the founders of Matunda Ya Yesu African Youth Choir. Lungile is a song writer. He also plays and record the music for both the choir and the Duet.

African young ladies find income in drumming

Artisans who helped establish New Mexico Women's Global Pathways www.nmwgp.org

On their way to weekly Saturday enrichment including Read to Excel/tutoring


Mission Statement


To promote empowerment and provide support to immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable under-served local people in Bernalillo New Mexico, in order to build healthy and productive children and their families, and will promote community involvement in supporting the needs of the families.

IRRVA Family Support Services:


Assist individuals and families gain access to safety-net programs that support personal and family well-being, and economic self-sufficiency including; Medical Assistance (Medicaid/Medicare), Food Banks, Adult Tutoring, Read To Excel/Tutoring for Youth, computer literacy training, Job Search, training in beading, Sewing and other needle art, Nutritional, Housing and Clothing Assistance, Access to legal services and emergency housing, Disability Benefits, Social  Security/Supplemental  Income,  Access to affordable housing/ assistance with evictions, Utility Assistance (LIHEAP), etc. Through interpretation, outreach, education and advocacy our family support program combats some of the most common barriers African and other world immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees face when navigating the American system; Not knowing where to get the information needed, misinformation, inability to communicate in English, and other cultural-specific barriers. In addition IRRVA provides direct services.

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