We are so grateful for all of your support and generous donations! You make it possible for us to continue providing this important service to the refugee and immigrant community in Denver. We have had a very busy spring and summer is gearing up to be very active.
To date, we have provided two 9 week financial literacy classes to 23 refugees in our community. Our particpants hailed people from around the world: Afghanistan, Burma, DRC, Ethiopia and CAR. It is wonderful to watch this community grow and build relationships with one another. The majority of our students now have checking accounts as several women asked their husbands to open joint accounts. We also discussed the importance of becoming or naming beneficiaries for all financial accounts. All of our particpipants set financial goals and began using budget planning to open savings accounts for the future or to prepare for financial shocks that may occur. We have also provided a few workshops with new partner Jeffco Family Literacy. The workshops have been focused on understanding credit cards and how to prepare a budget. We have served 20+ refugees and immigrants with this partnership.
One of the greatest aspects this year has been to watch a few of our students become leaders in the class. Ramzambi and Sha Ney Say are both from Burma. One grew up in Burma the other grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. One received no formal schooling as a child, the other graduated high school. Though these women experienced differences in upbringing, they also share the commonalities of being a refugee and being forced from home. Each of these women is taking the financial literacy course again this Spring. In the class they help other students to understand financial concepts, count money and practice math. These women do not care about gender, religion or nationality they just want to help others integrate into American culture. These women are a wonderful reminder of the good in the world! I am so proud and thankful for all of our Teach By tech students.
Thank you again for all you do to make Teach By Tech successful and available to refugees and immigarnts in our community!
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