Monday, June 19, 2017


Some of you know I've been a support person to a Syrian refugee family since October.  Recently a very interesting article was published in Time magazine about an Estonian refugee family.  The article wasn't received in Estonia very well, a large portion of the population is still against refugees which is ridiculous for a number of reasons.  I liked the article, I think it does a good job of demonstrating that life isn't easy and the end destination is often just the beginning. 

I won't go into too many details to protect their privacy but helping this family integrate into the Estonian society has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.  I really admire their courage and attitude.  There is no cynicism, negativity or victim's mentality.  They are grateful for every kind act and are eager to do everything they can to make the most of their situation.  I don't know how or where they have developed these attributes but they are great people.  It isn't easy to integrate into Estonia but they are doing well.  There have been a few health concerns, a long wait to find a job (which fortunately has been found).  With their family living in Syria there have been some difficult family situations which make it difficult for them to be so far away.  The kids are doing great in school which is good to see.  There is quite a bit more that is needed but the last remaining big steps should be done relatively soon.

One night during the beginning of Ramada we wen to have a break the fast dinner, since the sun set so late it was about 10:20 PM.  It's a difficult fast but somehow they are making it work.  

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