A New Year’s Wish for Hari and Jumana
Perhaps more than any other winter holiday, New Year’s is associated with hope, dreams, and goals for the future. For Bhutanese refugees Hari and Jumana, their New Year’s wish is that they will find jobs. They are confident that IRC Atlanta will help them accomplish this aspiration.
Hari and Jumana, two young mothers who have lived in a Nepalese refugee camp for much of their lives, were not resettled by IRC Atlanta. After witnessing their friends and family get jobs through the organization, they decided to check out IRC Atlanta’s Employment Services for themselves. “My father looked for a job through another resettlement agency for two years. When he came to the IRC, he found one instantly,” says Hari. “Because of the IRC, my whole family is happy.”
Although Hari’s background is in childcare—she worked as a Pre-K teacher at a local nonprofit organization until she had her baby—she is eager to try the first job opportunity that arises. “We just want a job,” her sister-in-law Jumana says, expressing a desire and ambition they both share.
These two women have been pleased with the assistance they’ve received thus far in pursuing their job search. “Out of all the refugee resettlement agencies, the IRC is the best for me. They really take care of people,” says Hari.
IRC Atlanta is dedicated to helping survivors of persecution and violence get a chance to realize the American dream. Businesses have much to gain from hiring IRC clients. Employers across the United States have consistently ranked refugees as top workers with low turnover and absentee rates. Refugees are also known for their work ethic, high commitment, diligence, flexibility, and positive outlook.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of hiring refugees, please contact us at 678-636-8924 or Rachel.Gast@theIRC.org.