In the fall of 2006, Lungile and Nkazi, utilizing personal finances, were able to serve refugee families specifically from Africa that were referred to them by resettling agencies and other entities, but this number grew to over 400 by the end of 2010.
By the middle of 2007, refugees and other immigrants from the Middle East and Asia were also referred to IRRVA. With the help of the La Mesa Presbyterian church and some community members, the South African Orion Duet managed to support this voluntary driven work financially for a while, until it became obvious that the duo could no longer manage this work by themselves.
In 2010, they organized as a grassroots ethnic driven organization with other cultural community members. As a result Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village Of Albuquerque (IRRVA) was established. IRRVA was incorporated in New Mexico as a not-for-profit organization in 2011 and received its 501c(3) status in 2012. We are thankful to the community members who stepped in to structure IRRVA and became board members of IRRVA.