My name is Madina Hakimi and I’m 16 years old. I was born in Afghanistan and am now living in the United States of America with my parents and two brothers. After a long trip from Kabul to Dubai and then to Los Angeles, we arrived in San Jose, California in October 2016. We came through the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program. After two weeks living in a motel, we were able to move into our new apartment in Fremont. READ MORE
When I first met a refugee family, I noticed how vulnerable refugees are. And yet, they are so grateful for any help. As a Girl Scout leader for my daughter’s troop, I saw how she and her troop sisters helped a Congolese refugee family of eight. They tutored the children in English and Math as well as their homework assignments. If we assist refugees even a little bit, it can make a huge difference in their lives. READ MORE
Hi, I’m Dharini Hiremegalur, and in the summer of 2017, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to fundraise for PRERNA to help refugees. My challenge was to hike up 5,825 meters to the summit with a goal to raise $5,825.00 - $1.00 for each meter. With your fervent encouragement, I climbed all the way to the mountain top!! READ MORE
My name is Yuvraj Sethi, I'm a 13-year-old boy who is fortunate enough to have a good education and the means and resources to pursue my interests. I volunteered at PRERNA as part of the “Mentor a Refugee” program and was introduced to Muhammed Ferdaws, a 16-year-old refugee from Afghanistan.