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Refugee Youth Turn To Culture To Cope With Resettleent

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Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:32 PM
Rio Rancho Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1351 West Side Blvd, Rio Rancho NM 87124 on Saturday, 21 April 2018 at 6 pm.  (map)
APRIL 10 2018 NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT NKAZI SINANDILE (505) 435-5741: ALBUQUERQUE REFUGEE YOUTH TURN TO CULTURE TO COPE WITH RESETTLEMENT ISSUES The Matunda Ya Yesu Refugee African Youth Choir will be in Concert at the Rio Rancho Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1351 West Side Blvd, Rio Rancho NM 87124 on Saturday, 21 April 2018 at 6 pm. The group will perform traditional African inspiring and uplifting healing songs, drumming and movement. This ensemble will be assisted by Lungile and Nkazi Sinandile co-founders and directors of the South African Orion Duet, the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque as well as New Mexico Women's Global Pathways. According to the United Nations there are about 60 million uprooted people around the world who seek safety in another country. 75-80% are women, girls and children. Albuquerque has become home to many who?ve lost everything; widows, victims of murder, rape, terrorism and torture. They come from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean, often with no formal education and without the ability to speak, read, and write English. They arrive with the clothes on their back, no job skills, and unable to communicate in in their new country. The women and children are terrified, lonely and lost as they fall through the cracks. Local resettling agencies tend to support these new comers for only 3 to 6 months. After that time, refugees are often left struggling because their language and educational skills are insufficient to acquire a job. Lungile and Nkazi Sinandile his wife welcome, nurture and serve bridging gaps alongside community volunteers at risk youth and families who are refugees and immigrants, from Africa, Middle East, Latin America and USA. They organized the Matunda Ya Yesu African Refugee Youth Choir performance in 2008 to assist refugee youth to cope and earn supplental income. ADMISSION : There is a suggested FREE WILL Family donation of $20.00 that will be collected during the concert and not at the door. After the concert there will be a sale of crafts created by some of the choir members such as ethnocentric head scarves, sarees ( kitenges), dashiki shirts, music cd?s and tote bags. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit the choir members who are displaced youth from African Refugee camps and relocated to Albuquerque from various African countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Tanzania and Uganda due to genocide and tribal warfare so as to supplement family budgets. Fifty percent of proceeds will go to the organization that helps them resettle here in Albuquerque. The choir gives the youth a sense of belonging and to learn about their unique backgrounds, relate one to another, fostering a community in an environment that might be hostile and foreign to them. The choir also helps the youth learn that even though there may be cultural differences we can try to live in peace. They are also taught English as A Second language, sewing, beading, self - esteem and dealing with such issues as bullying and discrimination. Refugees heal through cultural music, drumming and dance. Music also helps them heal emotional wounds. It also helps them to learn about their unique backgrounds and relate to one another. IRRVA is a 100% volunteer driven non-profit with a 501 c (3) status and serves at risk children and families residing in the Greater Albuquerque specifically the International district. P.O. Box 93445 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87199

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