USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Supporting the Successful Integration of Burundian Refugees

Living in the United States: Life Skills for Burundian Refugees - Volume 1

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Welcome to Living in the United States:  Life Skills for Burundian Refugees, Volume 1.  USCRI developed these materials through funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide Burundian refugees with culturally and linguistically appropriate information to support them in their resettlement to the United States.  USCRI worked closely with Burundian refugees and service providers to create these materials.  Volume 1 includes information on the role of the resettlement agency, personal care, nutrition, health, adjusting to a new home, safety and emergencies, housing, and employment.  The materials are presented in two formats:  multimedia (Kirundi) and print (Kirundi and English).  Click on the links below to download the materials.

USCRI designed the life skills materials for use individually or in groups, and with or without a facilitator.  USCRI recommends following each topic with discussion in order to enhance the learning experience and address refugees’ questions or concerns.  To help facilitate workshops on any of the life skills topics, please download A Guide for Facilitators - Volume 1.

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Topic 1:  The Role of the Resettlement Agency  <Igikorwa c’ibiro bijejwe gufasha no kumenyereza impunzi>
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Topic 2:  Personal Care  <Kwifata neza muri Leta zunze Ubumwe za Amerika>
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Topic 3:  Nutrition  <Ingaburo>
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Topic 4:  Health  <Ivyerekeye Amagara>
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Topic 5:  Adjusting to a New Home 
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Topic 6:  Safety and Emergencies   
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Topic 7:  Housing  <Uburaro/inzu>
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Topic 8:  Employment
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Go to A Guide for Facilitators >>

Go to Life Skills for Burundian Refugees - Volume 2 >>

Go to Life Skills for Burundian Refugees - Volume 3 >>

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement

Author and Production Manager - Amanda Gonzales, MSW ∙ Illustrator - Amy Adams ∙ Translation, Audio, and Multimedia Production - CTS Language Link ∙ Co-Editors - Amanda Gonzales and Rachel M. O’Hara ∙ Graphic Design (print materials) - Koula Papanicolas

Special thanks to the International Institute of Manchester, International Institute of St. Louis, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, YMCA of Greater Houston, Refugee and Immigrant Relief Center in Phoenix, Mercy Housing, USCRI’s health team, Colin Miller, Jean de Dieu Uwimana, and all of the Burundian refugees that contributed to the development of these materials.

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