Thanks to the generosity of the Abilene Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, refugee children can now enjoy the recently created Children’s Corner at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) office in Abilene. The Children’s Corner, funded by the Abilene Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, a philanthropic group dedicated to promoting literacy, supports the IRC’s efforts in promoting literacy among refugee children and their parents.
Thanks to the generous gift, perfectly sized children’s chairs and games welcome children as they enter the IRC in Abilene office. The Children’s Corner is stocked with books, puzzles, games and toys, designed to stimulate refugee children’s interest in learning and literacy. As they explore and play, their parents can focus on training and learning through job readiness workshops or English classes.
Children are sometimes reluctant to leave their new-found activities behind, but they know they will find the books, toys and games on their next visit to the IRC.
“My hope is that refugee children can use this play area to become familiar with America and hopefully, by introducing the women in our organization to the IRC, we can create a connection where women from Pi Beta Phi can come and read to the children,” said Joni Wood of Pi Beta Phi.
Through Pi Beta Phi’s generosity and vision for childhood literacy, many refugee parents and children will benefit.
To learn more about the IRC and get involved in Dallas or Abilene, email VolunteerDallas@Rescue.org or VolunteerAbilene@Rescue.org