Thursday, June 18, 2009

World Refugee Day - June 20th

On World Refugee Day, Rekindle a Child’s Hope

Seattle, Washington - On June 20 the world will honor the courage, resilience, and determination of refugees. Thousands of organizations in hundreds of countries will focus global attention not only on the plight of refugees and the causes of their exile, but also on their will to survive and the contributions they have made in their new communities.

The United States is the only country in the world that accepts the most vulnerable refugees on earth: refugee children without an adult caretaker. Eighteen child welfare programs in the nation resettle these youth in loving, stable homes. Since 1980, Lutheran Community Services Northwest has been honored to share this responsibility.

Children in LCS’s Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program were born into conflict – in Asia, Africa, and Central America – and grew up with extreme trauma and loss in their lives. Alone and in sibling groups, they fled war and persecution. They witnessed and endured the unthinkable. And they dreamt of feeling safe and loved.

To commemorate World Refugee Day, please consider opening your heart and your home to a deserving refugee child. Become a foster parent. If you aren’t in a position to provide long-term foster care, please consider providing short-term or respite care. A monthly stipend covers all of the refugee child’s expenses.

If you would like to learn how to rekindle a child’s hope, please contact Erika Berg at or (206) 694-5780. Current opportunities are available to open your home and heart to Burmese tennage girls.
Photo of two Burmese young girls.

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