Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque

Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque and its flagship educational and job skills development program New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways empowers at risk yet resilient refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers and local and the homeless.
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01/06/2021
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01/06/2021
Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque

2021. At New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways - IRRVA www.IRRVA.com
A new chapter at our own space - While renovating, program participants will soon growing foods using local and seeds of the world including trying participants countries of origin seeds. There is a huge space for garden boxes here. Our garden committee can hardly wait to engage youth and adults in growing food and learning English, conflict resolution and peace making while at it.

In the International District
At the home of New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways/ IRRVA the growing Food Committee chaired and led by young adults/youth mapping out garden box spaces with the assistance of Lungile Sinandile co-founder of IRRVA.
Garden boxes will be all over the property. Space for children’s play ground and for parking allocated. Made possible through a grant from the county- thanks to Cathy Sanchez and Mateo of the Southwest Organizing Project

Funds funds for existing garden boxes made possible by a grant given to IRRVA through East Central Ministries. Compost brought by and boxes built by John Bulten and His friends. www.irrva.com.

01/04/2021
In the International District.

How long? My husband Lungile Lungile aka Lungile Sinandile and granddaughters just returned from the ID where they found this infront of the entry gate at the building where We provide wrap around services.

This has been happening Since mid 2017.

This is the home of New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways at the IRRVA non profit building that my husband and I sacrificed to buy and where many volunteers spent energy and long hours renovating, with some coming from New Song Community Church in California.

We recently spent $5000+ to keep space safe for program participants. This village space had turned into a homeless camp. What to do now?

This is how We are starting 2021- sad! Heaven help Us. www.IRRVA.www.com.
No words. This is sad!! Our syringe containers are now full of syringes.

Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque
12/18/2020

Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque

Happy Holidays!! May the good and great Creator give You protection and health. May He bless, protect and heal all of us everywhere.

PROJECTED OUTCOMES as envisioned by IRRVA, therefore New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways for Refugees and Asylees.

Having 13 years of experience in service assistance to refugee families, immigrants, asylum seekers and at risk residents in Albuquerque New Mexico USA, IRRVA has concluded that it must first focus its efforts into addressing the basic necessities of families, and that it must even go so far as to act, for a short period of time, as an intermediary because of language constraints, in assisting families in obtaining those basic food and shelter needs, providing transportation when required, even accompanying them to various appointments in order to provide language translation, until such time as families obtain some level of proficiency with the English language and familiarity with their new culture, and can exercise some level of independence.

IRRVA has concluded that the PROJECTED OUTCOMES that it feels to be most useful and long-enduring, giving the greatest potential for empowerment to the refugee, are these;

RELIABLE FOOD AND SHELTER (HOUSING).

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT (EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES).

A SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

INCREASED PROFICIENCY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.

ASSISTANCE IN FURTHERING INDIVIDUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

IRRVA has accomplished much in addressing these needs already, by securing its own property and buildings that function as ESL classrooms, tutoring and training rooms, community gathering places, and even raised vegetable beds that offer community gardening opportunities. IRRVA provides translators, clergymen, and other professional service aids as needed. More importantly, IRRVA provides transportation for enrollees in the juvenile, school-age, and adult English classes, as well as the Sewing and beading classes, and in addition provides transportation, when needed, to those requiring professional assistance, by bringing them to and from their appointments, and/or, to their classes at the community center.

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT (EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES); IRRVA is not equipped to provide employment to anyone presently, but IRRVA has sought to solve the transportation issue of employment by providing bicycles to many families in the past. IRRVA still offers transportation for some primary breadwinners who are seeking to get hired, but does not provide transportation to employees on any recurring basis to their actual jobs. IRRVA does provide translations and resume assistance for those making employment application.

IRRVA is equipped to provide training for adult females and any other eligible females within the household, by providing training classes in sewing and beadwork (jewelry making). IRRVA provides the instructor and the sewing machines, as well as all materials and fabrics, for teaching clothing manufacture and jewelry making. IRRVA provided the entry fees for inclusion at various art-fairs where the finished products of all trainees can be sold. Trainees are allowed to keep 100% of all income generated from the sale of their creations.

More at www.IRRVA.com

Thank You for carrying this work since the fall of 2006. Out of this work New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways was founded by Nkazi Sinandile and established by Asian, African and American women, girls and their families. We are thriving because of the community that nurtures us.
In my country South Africa We say, Umntu ngumntu ngabantu- Ubuntu and in Africa We say, It takes a Village to raise a child”.

Special thanks to all volunteers and partner organizations.

Happy Holidays!! May the good and great Creator give You protection and health. May He bless, protect and heal all of us...
12/18/2020

Happy Holidays!! May the good and great Creator give You protection and health. May He bless, protect and heal all of us everywhere.

PROJECTED OUTCOMES as envisioned by IRRVA, therefore New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways for Refugees and Asylees.

Having 13 years of experience in service assistance to refugee families, immigrants, asylum seekers and at risk residents in Albuquerque New Mexico USA, IRRVA has concluded that it must first focus its efforts into addressing the basic necessities of families, and that it must even go so far as to act, for a short period of time, as an intermediary because of language constraints, in assisting families in obtaining those basic food and shelter needs, providing transportation when required, even accompanying them to various appointments in order to provide language translation, until such time as families obtain some level of proficiency with the English language and familiarity with their new culture, and can exercise some level of independence.

IRRVA has concluded that the PROJECTED OUTCOMES that it feels to be most useful and long-enduring, giving the greatest potential for empowerment to the refugee, are these;

RELIABLE FOOD AND SHELTER (HOUSING).

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT (EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES).

A SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

INCREASED PROFICIENCY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.

ASSISTANCE IN FURTHERING INDIVIDUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

IRRVA has accomplished much in addressing these needs already, by securing its own property and buildings that function as ESL classrooms, tutoring and training rooms, community gathering places, and even raised vegetable beds that offer community gardening opportunities. IRRVA provides translators, clergymen, and other professional service aids as needed. More importantly, IRRVA provides transportation for enrollees in the juvenile, school-age, and adult English classes, as well as the Sewing and beading classes, and in addition provides transportation, when needed, to those requiring professional assistance, by bringing them to and from their appointments, and/or, to their classes at the community center.

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT (EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES); IRRVA is not equipped to provide employment to anyone presently, but IRRVA has sought to solve the transportation issue of employment by providing bicycles to many families in the past. IRRVA still offers transportation for some primary breadwinners who are seeking to get hired, but does not provide transportation to employees on any recurring basis to their actual jobs. IRRVA does provide translations and resume assistance for those making employment application.

IRRVA is equipped to provide training for adult females and any other eligible females within the household, by providing training classes in sewing and beadwork (jewelry making). IRRVA provides the instructor and the sewing machines, as well as all materials and fabrics, for teaching clothing manufacture and jewelry making. IRRVA provided the entry fees for inclusion at various art-fairs where the finished products of all trainees can be sold. Trainees are allowed to keep 100% of all income generated from the sale of their creations.

More at www.IRRVA.com

Thank You for carrying this work since the fall of 2006. Out of this work New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways was founded by Nkazi Sinandile and established by Asian, African and American women, girls and their families. We are thriving because of the community that nurtures us.
In my country South Africa We say, Umntu ngumntu ngabantu- Ubuntu and in Africa We say, It takes a Village to raise a child”.

Special thanks to all volunteers and partner organizations.

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How It All Began!

The beginnings of New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways now an educational and job skills program of IRRVA or Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque

NMWGP was founded by Nkazi Sinandile and co founded by Asian, African and African American women and girls with lots of support from community volunteers in the beginning of 2009.

In August of 2009 after basic sewing lessons by Pam Gibbons, I gathered alongside my refugee friend from Ethiopia Olivia Selama women from Nepal and talked to them about starting an organization to empower refugee and immigrant women and girls and at risk locals through sewing, ESL and beading.

Pam Gibbons led us to the Village Design Collective that was headed by Frieda Arth director of the New Mexico Women's Foundation. She later helped us secure our first grant.

We were hosted at a San Pedro Village Design Collective by Frieda Arth and after She left We were assisted to create crafts for selling by Michelle Melendez through funding that She secured from the St. Joseph Community Health.

Program participants learned English, sewing and weaving at the Village Design Collective with Michelle as Director.

I coordinated NMWGP and transported artisans to and from the center. We were joined at the center by women from Latin America. Thank You so much Michelle!

After the 16 day refugee awareness hunger strike that I staged in 2010 with support of friends, family and La Mesa Presbyterian church, We ( Global Pathways women) left the Village Design Collective.

In 2018 NMWGP merged with the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque ( co founded by my husband Lungile Sinandile and I in 2011).

Lungile and I started serving resettled families in the fall of 2006 under the auspices of the South African Orion Duet Ministries ( husband and wife singing team). Lungile and I came from South Africa running from the strictures of Apartheid (legalized racism) and to further our education.

From 2010 through 2018 We moved from place to place until my husband and I bought the property in the International District, that is still in need of renovations - been using it special thanks for volunteers who have been renovating it since 2017.

Some volunteers have come through the help of John Bulten of East Central Ministries two times from California to help renovate. Others include local volunteers from UNM and some are our board members and program participants.

Other volunteers from a School in Texas were deterred by the arrival of Covid 19 and cancelled their trip in the beginning of March this year.

Special thanks to La Mesa Presbyterian Church for taking over NMWGP till 2013 and for hosting all educational and social programs till the arrival of COVID 19.

This church has hosted our programs since the fall of 2006- amazing. Thank You Pastor Trey Hammond and your congregants!

This is where the Albuquerque Academy Students from the tutor African students since 2012. They are now tutoring online due to Covid and have been joined by volunteer students from Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School.

Pb&J Family Services, Singing Arrow Community Church, a couple worshipping at La Mesa Presbyterian Church provided spaces for women, girls and their families to learn English, craft, sew and weave. IRRVA and NMWGP remain volunteer driven.

Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley thank You for helping us raise funds those days through your inspired singing!

To all our volunteers and supporters thank You. It has and continues to be a long road, but We are not giving up.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who have powered our all volunteer driven non profit since the fall of 2006. Special thanks in particular to our daughters who helped us including Babsy Sinandile and Nikkey E .

To learn and help us move this work forward, please visit and donate at www. IRRVA.com.

About IRRVA and New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways.
12/01/2020

About IRRVA and New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways.

Congratulations to our November's grant winner Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque!

Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque is a 100% volunteer driven African community-based organization that promotes social, economic justice and empowerment of African immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in New Mexico.

Learn more about them @ www.irrva.com!

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This has been a very difficult year, but through it all African youth and adult Afghan women got a chance to earn much n...
12/01/2020

This has been a very difficult year, but through it all African youth and adult Afghan women got a chance to earn much needed income thanks to Southwest Organizing Project ( SWOP). These seamstresses work hard between the beginning of April to mid September.

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Covid 19 mask making thanks to Southwest Organizing Project ( providing sewing stipends) for empowering young and adult women served at this organization IRRVA through its flagship educational ( English, computer, other life skills sewing/crafts) program New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways.

Food Distribution made possible by the generosity of Albuquerque residents and several organizations!

Please support women, girls, boys and men served at our organization.

12/01/2020
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Please vote and share so We can win funding this December. Thank You. God bless You.

Congratulations again to Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque - our November's grantee. If you would like to participate in next month's VOTE - join ABQ Involved today! 💻 abqinvolved.org/partners

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12/01/2020
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Thank You Community! Thank You Albuquerque Involved. Please vote for IRRVA therefore New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways! Sharing goes a long way!

Congratulations again to Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque - our November's grantee. If you would like to participate in next month's VOTE - join ABQ Involved today! 💻 abqinvolved.org/partners

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11/30/2020
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Thank You for your ongoing and kind support. We cannot do it without You. Sharing goes a long way.

Congratulations again to Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque - our November's grantee. If you would like to participate in next month's VOTE - join ABQ Involved today! 💻 abqinvolved.org/partners

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Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque and its educational and micro enterprise development program New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways is dedicated to serving vulnerable, yet resilient children/families who resettle in New Mexico. IRRVA is a 100% volunteer driven non profit with a 501 c (3) status. We are in collaboration with several local organizations, and are committed to empower, motivate and support locals, refugee, immigrant and asylum seekers while promoting their social, economic, and politial empowerment. Our goal is to increase families’ sense of identity, self worth, and realization of their full potential through: helping children learn the basics of reading and writing, computer science, job skills training in crafts such as needle art, sewing, weaving, leadership development, supporting and celebration of their voices, capitalizing on their strength, knowledge and skills, empowering them for leadership roles now and in the future, involving them in all aspects of decision making and promoting cultural understanding and tolerance among ethnic families.

IRRVA/NMWGP seeks to be more than just another agency. It seeks to be an oasis of positive social change and seeks to reinfore the best of human values, which are peace, respect, love and tolerance. One of IRRVA golas is to encourage families to preserve and share their tradtions and history with all whom embrace the culture, while bridging the cultural gap between people of all backgrounds.

Fund Raising Events:

On Sunday October 28th, 2018, between 4pm and 7pm, at the social hall of La Mesa Presbyterian Church. our Organization will hold its 11th annual International Village Feast. WE will present a -fun-filled evening celebration of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Native, Latin America, Caribbean, cultures. The 11th Annul Village Feast will feature international ensemble of musicians, drummers and dancers of all ages. The feast will also allow participants to taste exotic cuisine of Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Spanish speaking countries. Audience participation will be encouraged. Through dances and music celebration, the community will get to see something of the human condition. Freed from the strictures of the refugee life, apartheid, poverty, strife and war, the children, youth and adults will celebrate their freedom, while bringing the awareness about the conditions of their loved ones who are still trapped in refugee camps or war torn zones. Venue Address: 7401 Copper Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108 (505) 255-8095 for directions. Admission is a suggested donation of $20.00 adults; Children 5 yrs to 12yrs = $5.00. (tickets at the door). If you are up to it, please bring donations of the following to be given to the local at risk youth and those who have recently arrived, adult and children’s coats, socks, scarves, woolen hats, toiletries, bed linen, blankets, clothing. ( requesting new items, remembering that newly arrived have depended on give aways where they come from and come with only a bag on their backs.) Thank You. By Nkazi Sinandile.

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New Mexico Women's Global Pathways an educational and job skills training program of the IRRVA. Nkazi Sinandile founder established NMWGP alongside Asian, African and American women and girls. Women teaching each other weaving in 2009 at the Village Design Collective on San Pedro and Kathryn Streets. Please learn more and give support at www.irrva.com. Thank You!
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