Aoci and his family, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, arrived in the United States through the resettlement program in April of this year and were warmly welcomed by the IRC in Atlanta. After fleeing violence and conflict in their home country, Aoci and his then-pregnant wife were determined to make their lives better and safer for their growing family. The couple quickly found their feet as IRC Atlanta Caseworker, Robin Soe, supported them in navigating the various programs and opportunities available to them. Aoci was quick to take advantage of the IRC in Atlanta’s English classes and job skills training, and was able to secure full-time employment at Wayne Farms within just two months of his arrival. Since then, the family have been on track towards independence and self-sufficiency.
Aoci’s wife recently gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy and they named him Robin after their much-loved Caseworker. When asked about the naming decision, Aoci replied warmly: “Robin has taken good care of us and has shown us how to do things and find our way. It’s our way of showing appreciation towards all that he has done for us.”
When given the news of his newborn namesake, Robin was left absolutely speechless – words could not describe the happiness and sheer joy he felt towards this special gesture! “It’s an honor I’ll always cherish,” said Robin.
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Alexis Buchanan, Development Manager at Alexis.Buchanan [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8930.