Girl Scout Gives Back to Help Local Refugees

Girl Scout Gives Back to Help Local Refugees

On a school field trip to Santa Catalina, one of California’s Channel Islands lying southwest of Los Angeles, I started to look at the world with a new pair of eyes. I felt the urge to do something for the world around me. When I learned about how we are hurting animals by polluting the Earth, I decided that I should try to prevent this. I also feel the same way about people and how we could do more to help one another. READ MORE

A Year in California: Life as a Refugee Teen

A Year in California:      Life as a Refugee Teen

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

Does Affordable Housing Exist in Silicon Valley?

Does Affordable Housing Exist in Silicon Valley?

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

Climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro for Refugees

Climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro for Refugees

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