International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Join us on November 15: New Roots community gardening phone briefing

Update November 16, 2012: You can download the full briefing here (MP3)

More than 42 million people are currently displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict and disaster. Forced to flee to safety, they often leave everything behind — their homes, their families and their livelihoods.

A tiny fraction of these vulnerable men, women and children are permanently resettled in host countries. In 2011, the IRC helped resettle some 7,000 refugees in the United States; nearly half of them were from agrarian backgrounds and arrived here with agricultural expertise.
Learn how resettled refugees are building new lives from the bounty of American soil by joining us on our upcoming Briefing from the Field.
The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots initiative uses community gardening, nutrition education, and small-business farming to help recently resettled refugees become self-sufficient and contribute to their new home in the United States

You'll hear from:

  • Bob Montgomery, executive director of the IRC's resettlement office in San Diego, CA
  • Jon Vosper, IRC economic development program manager in Phoenix, AZ
  • Kay Bellor, vice president, US Programs
  • Moderator, Andrea Strong, creator and author, The Strong Buzz; member, IRC’s GenR Steering Committee
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time: 12:30-1:30pm EDT
RSVP by November 14 here.

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