INVESTING IN CHILDREN/FAMILIES
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.