HRA’s Outreach Club welcomes speakers from Afghanistan
Hampton Roads Academy’s Outreach Club partners regularly in the local refugee community with Commonwealth Catholic Charities. The club recently welcomed on campus two special guests, Fawzia and Omar Marouf, to share their experience of immigrating from Afghanistan as refugees to the United States.
Mother, Fawzia, discussed the increase of refugees around the world fleeing to safety from violence or persecution in their own countries. The United States, being the global leader in the resettlement of refugees, assists families seeking to start a new life.
Having worked with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Fawzia and her husband had the opportunity to apply for a Special Immigrant Visa. The admissions process took almost two years to complete. Though they left behind family and friends, the Maroufs decided to come to the U.S. in hopes for a better education, job opportunities, and a safer environment for their three children.
With the help of local resettlement agency, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, and Habitat for Humanity, Fawzia and her family were able to achieve stability, gain employment, and move into their own home. Her son Omar is currently enrolled at Thomas Nelson Community College and hopes to transfer to Virginia Tech for a degree in mechanical engineering. His two younger siblings are high school students at Jamestown High School.