August 2, 2021 | View photos below ↓   Eamon Garton of Scout Troop 20 is working to achieve the highest rank in scouts: the Eagle Scout. While the title itself is an honor, his goal is to embody its meaning and the obligations it carries.  Eagle Rank “testifies...

02 Aug 2021

  As a child, Marc wasn’t old enough to understand the chaos that enveloped the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family moved to Rwanda when he was four to escape the ongoing civil war. But the aftermath of the civil war left the country divided, and when he returned to DRC at age 12, he...

02 Aug 2021

  Hess grew up in one of Thailand’s seven refugee camps. It was crowded, hot – “like a slum.” Small bamboo houses with leaf roofing were packed in tight, numbered sections, each section containing up to 400. Thousands of people were enclosed by the wire fences that bordered the camp. “...

02 Aug 2021

  Living in Burundi during the Civil War, Francois spent much of his life in fear. He was constantly immersed in the struggle of “two ethnicities fighting against each other.” In December of 1996, he was relocated to a Tanzanian refugee camp with little access to water or electricity. In...

01 Jul 2021

  Paw Shee loves to read, especially books that teach her about “what happened in the past.” And on her journey to becoming a citizen, citizenship classes became a platform that fueled that desire to learn. “I love to read the books they gave me about U.S. history,” Paw said,...

01 Jul 2021

   “I would say for myself personally, I would not have passed this interview prior to studying or teaching this class,” Habie Timbo said, speaking to the challenges her students face in the process to become U.S. citizens. While most of her time at World Relief Quad Cities is...

01 Jul 2021

  In honor of the recently increased refugee cap, we're sharing stories from some of the brave Quad Cities refugees and immigrants who strive to create a community of welcome for those following in their footsteps. Together, we can [Re]Build.  When Dim was...

01 Jun 2021

Abe (lower front, 2nd from left) and World Relief Quad Cities at their partnership exhibit with the Putnam Museum, The Colors of Culture, May 19, 2021   In honor of the recently increased refugee cap, we're sharing stories from some of the brave Quad Cities refugees and...

01 Jun 2021

  Throughout four months of balancing remote work, a pandemic, periods of quarantine and college, I’m now at the end of my internship with World Relief Quad Cities. During the past semester, I worked as a communications intern. Most of my projects were communication-based and included...

01 Jun 2021

  Being a mother is a big job, let alone being a mother of four kids in a new country where you don’t speak the language. But for many families and mothers of families that World Relief serves, this is a reality. Students from Augustana College have been spending time with client...

03 May 2021