Ma N. and her family came to the United States seven years ago after the Burmese government persecuted her Karen ethnic group. Although it is not uncommon to hear of government soldiers raiding and pillaging villages belonging to ethnic minorities or opposition groups, Ma never imagined that her family would encounter violence in their own home.
Resettling from Burma
One day, soldiers came into the village, harassed and beat the local farmers, pillaged their property, and burned their crops. She remembers how one of the soldiers beat her mother with a gun and slashed her husband’s arm with a knife. At the time, Ma had one child, her eldest son, when they decided to flee. They spent three days traveling through the jungle to reach the Burma-Thailand border, where other Burmese refugees found refuge. Here in a refugee camp, Ma, her husband, and their children would live before receiving an invitation to emigrate to the United States.
Upon US arrival, Ma struggled with the new language and navigation through a foreign society. She began English courses, learned how to drive, and obtained her driver’s license. It was then that she discovered Nile Sisters’ California family child-care home license vocational training. Ma has been self-employed at her home child-care facility for more than three years. This enables her to spend time with her children as well as to help her friends by transporting them to necessary appointments.
Through holiday programs such as Adopt-a-Basket and Adopt-a-Family, Ma’s family received generous in-kind donations of furniture, clothing, and essential home appliances. Ma is very grateful to Nile Sisters and maintains a very close relationship, attending events and workshops.
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