After sending additional clothes, blankets and copies of our guide to US life to thirteen more refugees, by early April we decided to be more efficient. From that point on, we would send one $30 check to each refugee, one copy of the US guide and a list of addresses of nearby thrift stores to each household.
Then we were asked to help fourteen Sudanese refugee families (eighty-three people) in Texas! But since we were able to reduce our expenses so much by just sending checks and our US guide instead of many big boxes of clothes and blankets, we were able to help all of them!
So thanks to our donors, we have now helped 117 Sudanese refugees in the US in 2018, and we have helped 205 Sudanese refugees in the US since we started offering them clothing and blanket assistance in October, 2015. We have reached refugees in California, Washington State, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Chad Project Update
We have talked further with resident leaders of Djabal camp about costs of building schools there. They have provided us with pictures and a budget of a school building they have already built. And we have also been communicating with a contact in UNHCR and other aid workers about this project. Hopefully we will be finalizing the details for a solid budget soon so that we may begin raising money on Global Giving. Watch this site and also our FB page (where we now have over 1,100 followers) for updates.
Thanks to our donors, since 2015 we have helped 109 Sudanese refugees in California, Washington State, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. We have just sent a shipment of a jacket, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt, hat, blanket and guide to US life to a refugee in California (see picture). We have also purchased more blankets and comforters.
Contact information update
Our new mailing address is:
Doroti Organization for Humanitarian Services, Incorporated
PO Box 5151
Louisville, KY 40255
Chad camp project update
We have spoken for several hours with the leadership of one of the Darfuri refugee camps in Chad, and we have learned that they need blankets, mosquito nets, plastic sheeting for shelter. For students they need classrooms, textbooks, pens and pencils. We gathered as many details as we could about these things, and will be deciding soon on which items we will raise money for in our next Global Giving projects. For updates, check this website or visit our Facebook page.
Specifically, we sent them one queen-sized blanket, ten twin-sized blankets, fourteen jackets, eleven sweatshirts, four sweaters, a T-shirt, seventeen pairs of children’s pants, sixteen children’s shirts, twenty adult dress shirts, seven ties, twenty-six pairs of socks and thirteen pairs of adult pants. About half of that came from our donated clothing supply, while the blankets, jackets and most of the sweaters and and sweatshirts we bought with our donor’s money from Goodwill, Target and Walmart. Since there were so many members of the household who were many different ages, we sent along dress shirts and pants hoping that they would likely fit at least a few family members (ordinarily we do not send along clothing that a person would have to try on first before they accept it). We also sent a copy of our guide to US life (you can see it on top of the pile of jackets), as well as a guide to washing wool sweaters.
Good news from the family of eight we helped last month
They reached out to one of our officers after they received our shipment of jackets and blankets to let us know they were very happy with them. Good news!
And early this month, we sent another fifty-six pounds of clothing in three boxes to that family of eight: twenty-one pairs of pants, eight children’s shirts and twenty-three dress shirts. These were all from our donated clothing supply. Again, we sent these since there were so many people in the family of different ages, the pants and shirts would probably fit some of them.
Delivery of all shipments so far this year have been paid for with Global Giving donation money from our fundraising campaign last December. Thank you, donors!
And late last month we were given a $100 donation from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is charity in the US that helps children facing financial, educational and other difficulties. The donation was meant to help us continue to help refugee children.