The Neighborhood House, and its International Learning Program serve almost 500 refugees and immigrants every year. Most come here with little or no schooling, so the skills taught in the program are vital to their transition to a new life in the U.S.
They took an end-of-semester break to try on some new holiday customs, while recalling their own traditions with a banquet of homemade food.
‘We came here for survival and also for the future of our children’
Htee Paw spent 10 years in a refugee camp before coming to Milwaukee with her family. Now she’s a U.S. citizen and an interpreter for the Neighborhood House International Learning Program. She took a few minutes away from the holiday party to talk about the challenges that she and her fellow refugees face in adapting to a new and unfamiliar country.