It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted anything & there’s lots of exciting things I want to share. My family is amazing and I am so grateful that I got paired up with them.
Highlights of the last few weeks:
I treated them to dinner at The Kebab Shop with a couple of my friends. I wanted them to try American food, but when I gave them options, they chose kebabs. I think their favorite part of the excursion was meeting more Americans. (Since then, every meeting I have with them, they inquire how my friends are doing.)
I learned that the family sought refuge in Central Africa Republic from DRC. They lived in a refugee camp for 12 years. They explained to me that they paid rent for their housing, which was weird to hear since I always thought that the housing was free. It could be that they did not live in an actual refugee camp, or maybe I don’t understand the different aspects of refugee housing.
The oldest brother, is extremely bright and is learning English very quickly. It’s interesting to see because in our orientations with the IRC, it was mentioned that the children of the family will learn English faster since they’re immersed in the language at school. This doesn’t seem to be the case with this family.
The family received a computer and internet connection for free from a technology organization in San Diego. Today, the oldest brother asked me to help him learn how to use the computer. I showed him Google, Google Translate, the BBC in French & San Diego’s public transit website. He then proceeded to show me some Youtube videos of Congolese musicians. :)
The photo in this post is the absolute highlight of our relationship thus far. I really do love volunteering with the IRC and knowing that what I am doing is truly making a difference feels absolutely amazing. The oldest brother typed in French what he wanted to say to me. Maybe I’m a little sappy, but it actually brought a tear or two to my eyes.
I’m bringing the two brothers to a baseball game next week, so you can definitely expect a photo or two from that outing.