How to Get Involved!

Get involved with New Americans in Grand Forks!  It is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! It is an opportunity to experience a culture completely different from your own! Get involved with Global Friends Coalition! Visit their website and Facebook page!

http://www.gfcoalition.org/

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf#!/pages/Global-Friends-Coalition/231923374035

Dashain Festival of Nepal

This last weekend I had the honor of celebrating in the Festival of Dashain with the local Bhutanese community. It was a wonderful experience to be immersed within a culture completely different from my own! Here is some information regarding the festival given to me from a friend in the Bhutanese community!

The festival of Dashain symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Goddess  Durga had killed many demons who gave much trouble to common people. On that day devotees visit temples and shrines in groups playing musical instuments and 
singing devotional song all along the way since early morning. Nepal is known as the country of festivals and culture.  Among 
many festivals, Dashain is taken as the main festival of Hindu. It is celebrated with great joy mostly all over kingdom by all religious people across the countryDashain festival falls sometimes in September or in October which means  people
already harvest the rice plant and finished their field work before  Dashain. So that mainly farmers can stay relax and celebrate Dashain festival.  The main purpose of this festival is the conquest of good over evil. It is also  known as
the festival of strength and power. Since Goddess Durga killed the  demon called Maishasur in an ancient time. Since then Nepalese and Hindu  religious all over the world celebrating Dashain festival. Dashain festival  observes for 2 weeks. The festival of Dashain symbolized the victory of good over evil. Goddess  Durga had killed many demons who gave much trouble to common people. On that day devotees visit temples and shrines in groups playing musical instuments and singing devotional song all along the way since early morning. People wear new clothes and eat delicious food during Dashain.

Refugees Pay it Forward – in English

I am so proud to say that I work with wonderful New Americans in the Grand Forks community! They are amazing individuals who can teach us a lot!

Refugees pay it forward — in English

Published: August 28, 2010 4:13:45 PM CDT

 

Speaking up They have survived unending war, genocide and the grinding despair of years spent in refugee camps.

Now they’re tackling English nouns and verbs and the often specialized language of American doctors, teachers and police officers. They’re learning how to convey accurately a countryman’s nuanced descriptions of pain, fear, hope and frustration.

With nearly 400 international refugees and many more “secondary immigrants” already settled in Grand Forks and as many as 100 more arriving in the next 12 months, about two dozen former refugees have been trained as “community interpreters” to ease the settling in of the city’s newest residents.

Over two weekends of intensive study, they have learned the interpreter’s code of ethics and the importance of accuracy, confidentiality and awareness of cultural differences. They will accompany newcomers to medical appointments and parent-teacher conferences, to meetings with potential employers and to court or other official proceedings.

Grand Forks Public Health, backed by Lutheran Social Services’ New American Services, a city-sponsored committee on refugees, Altru Health System and others, held the interpreter training sessions the past two weekends.

Among the first trainees:

– Nsengimana Pascal, from the African nation of Burundi, who recalls throwing his hands in the air and running when he first arrived and people spoke to him in English.

– Hussam Al-Kayali, from Iraq, a university-level educator who hopes serving as a community interpreter will help him recover some of his self-identity as a teacher.

– Shyam Rai, from the central Asian nation of Bhutan, who is especially eager to welcome one group of Bhutanese refugees expected here this fall: his parents and siblings.

Read their stories at the links provided.

Reach Haga at (701) 780-1102; (800) 477-6572, ext. 102; or send e-mail to chaga@gfherald.com.
 

 

http://m.grandforksherald.com/article.cfm?id=173651