Phi Eta Sigma students
volunteered to sponsor a refugee family on behalf of World Relief refugee
agency, based in Moline. In January 2005, we met the Ntawemera family at Quad
City Airport. The Ntawemeras are a family of 6, 3 boys and 1 girl: Diomede, Prucille,
Inyase (8th grade), Shadrak (5th Grade), Jean Marie (1st
Grade), and Rachelle (Kindergarten).
When we met them, they were all very thin and extremely tired! They
had never experienced cold weather like a January in the Quad Cities! In
fact, they wore their stocking caps until May. The kids also were
extremely fascinated by the toilet, because this was new to them as well.
They knew absolutely no English. Phi Eta Sigma stocked their apartment
with furniture, dishes, and food, and began a close relationship with them that
has lasted to this day.
Now, three years later, they all speak English reasonably well and have
become quite assimilated into American culture.
This year an activity was held each semester for Phi Eta Sigma members to
meet the family. This past fall a
pizza party was held here at SAU and just a few weeks ago, a bowling day. The kids love to get out and about and meet new people.
Also, visits over to the Ntawemera family in Rock Island
occur throughout the semester. While
over visiting with the family, we read books, help with homework, or play
outside. As mentioned, the kids love
meeting new people so for anyone interested, please contact Courtney (email@example.com)
if you would like to visit the family.
It is very important for these children to have good role models. As a Phi Eta Sigma member, you exemplify characteristics to meet this
standard. Our goal is to ensure to
the family that they are welcomed here at St. Ambrose University.