USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Refugee Women in North Carolina Win Federal Grant for Training to Become Child Care Providers

October 17, 2012

(Raleigh, NC) – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) today announced that refugee women in the Triangle area will soon get help from the federal government to be trained as licensed child care providers, taking a big step towards becoming economically self-sufficient.  The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has awarded a two-year $350,000 grant to USCRI’s North Carolina Field Office (USCRI NC) to prepare low-income refugee women to become child care service providers in North Carolina.  The grant’s primary focus will be on those women who have arrived in the U.S. within the last 24 months.  Under the grant, up to sixty refugee women from Somalia, Burma, Iraq, and elsewhere will receive training in child care curriculum development, basic English, first aid and CPR, nutrition, and small business development.

“Access to child care is the centerpiece of many refugee families’ efforts to become economically self-sufficient,” said Shirley Thoms, Director of USCRI NC.  “This grant will enable many refugee families to confidently enter the workforce because for the first time, there will be home-based child care options available that are linguistically and culturally appropriate.  It also will now be possible for refugee women to look forward to careers in child care, and even starting their own small businesses providing child care.  This grant meets a big need in  our refugee communities.”

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) grant awards $175,000 each year, for two consecutive years, to fund USCRI’s ‘Refugee Child Care Microenterprise Project of North Carolina.’

Refugees are people who came to the U.S. legally through one of the annually limited slots available to refugees nationwide. To gain entrance into the United States, refugees face numerous security reviews and background checks.  In some cases, refugee families have assisted the United States, making them targets of revenge, threats, and terrorism in their homeland.  Some of the current refugees moving to the U.S. are victims of the Iraq War.  Most refugees come as families and are fleeing their homeland to avoid specific threats to their safety. The government has granted these families permanent residency to escape ethnic, religious, and political oppression and violence. 

USCRI has been protecting refugees, serving immigrants and upholding freedom since 1911.


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