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Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program in the News

Links to Recent VRRP News Articles:

"In a New Book, Anthropologist/Poet Adrie Kusserow Searches for Refuge" - Seven Days, June 5, 2013 >>

"How Are Burlington's Magnet Schools Doing Five Years In?" - Seven Days, June 5, 2013 >>

"Lost Boy Returns to Sudan Using UVM Degree to Reunite Families" - Burlington Free Press, June 3, 2012 >>

"Refugee Program a Mutual Benefit" - Press Republic, May 12, 2013 >>

"In Colchester New American Farmers Raise Meat For Refugee Community" - Seven Days, April 3, 2013 >>

"After a Long Journey, Refugee Calls Vt. Home" - WCAX, February 3, 2013 >>


Documentary Production Starts 

Videography will begin in March for "The World Within Winooski", VRRP's educational and outreach documentary project.  The first weeks of shooting will include interviews, visits to local homes and businesses, and music and dance performances by members of Diversity Rocks.  These will be followed by release of a preview video on the VRRP website.  Check this page later for additional details.


Matching Grant Announced for VRRP Documentary 

Starting March 1, the Winooski Housing Authority will match all donations given in support of VRRP's "The World Within Winooski" documentary.  For every dollar raised, WHA will provide an additional dollar - up to a total of $5,000.  Contact Laurie Stavrand at or 338-4627, and double the power of your support.

VRRP Staff Interpreter, Htar Htar Yu featured in Seven Days article

"Speaking in Tongues", February 12, 2012 >>





VRRP Announces Presenting Sponsor for Documentary

Samosaman Natural Foods, the Winooski-based baker and distributor of samosas, will be the Presenting Sponsor of the forthcoming documentary, “The World Within Winooski.”

Samosaman founder Fuad Ndibalema recognizes the vital role of our welcoming, supportive community in enabling his business to thrive. Starting in his home kitchen, Fuad grew the company into a fully-staffed, large-scale enterprise that supplies natural food stores and schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.  Fuad encourages others businesses and individuals to join him in helping sponsor VRRP’s new documentary project.

Learn more about the documentary by contacting Laurie Stavrand at or 338-4627.

Read about Samosaman on the company’s website: >>


Explore a World of Flavors in Our New Cookbook

The new VRRP cookbook, “A Mosaic of Flavors: Adding Spice to Life in Vermont,” will feature an international collection of 40 easy and delicious recipes. Among them are samosas, mango sticky rice, beef and potato curry with bok choy, biryani with baked chicken, and semolina cake.

Each month one of these recipes is demonstrated at the Sustainability Academy in a cooking class sponsored by City Market.

See what’s cooking and sign up through the City Market calendar: >>


Forthcoming VRRP Cookbook Featured in Boston Globe

A feature article in The Boston Globe,  Their Refuge Includes a Kitchen, Boston Globe, September 28, 2011 >>
highlights the cookbook project of UVM student and VRRP intern Caroline Casey. The forthcoming book, “A Mosaic of Flavors: New Americans Adding Spice to Life in Vermont”, will feature over 40 recipes contributed by former refugees who have resettled in the Burlington area. 

Recipe demonstrations and tastings will be held at the Sustainability Academy.  To learn more about the class and register visit, call 802-861-9757, or send an email to:


Acclaimed VRRP Performers Invited to White House - You Can Help Them Make the Trip!

Last July, the FlynnSpace rocked as the talented performers of VRRP’s Diversity Rocks took the stage.  The special event raised funds for the group’s planned educational visit to Washington, DC, which will include an appearance at the White House.

Most of the funds have been raised, but the musicians, singers, and dancers of Diversity Rocks can’t pack their bags yet. So please help our diversity ambassadors reach their goal.

Learn more about Diversity Rocks and help sponsor the trip by contacting Laurie Stavrand at 338-4627 or


National Audience Anticipated for VRRP DVD Documentary

A new documentary produced for VRRP, “The World Within Winooski”, will help viewers appreciate the knowledge, talent, and cultural diversity that former refugees and immigrants bring to their community.  Their personal and family stories of struggle and success will also open minds, counteract misconceptions, and reveal our common humanity.

The documentary is currently in the fundraising and early production stage and will be distributed nationally through USCRI. A preview video will be available online in late 2012.  Please help support the video by contacting Laurie Stavrand at 338-4627 or




Cooking Congolese Seven Days, November 23, 2011 >>

Praise be to Winooski, Seven Days, April 26, 2011 >>

 Colchester to Congo: St. Mike's launches a Dear Hillary Campaign, Seven Days, Oct 20, 2010 >>

Barn Mitzvah, Seven Days, September 22, 2010 >>




Vermont Folk Life Center Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Videos >>


"For the Generations", Bosnian Folk Music

"Patterns of Color", Somali Bantu Needlework

"Looms to Cloth", Burmese Weaving

"The Wedding Band", Somali Bantu Singing and Druming

"The Bosnian Lilies", Bosnian Folk Music and Dance


CCTV Center For Media & Democracy

Winooski Refugee Film:


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