"While every refugee's story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage: the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives." – Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Project Worthmore is a non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado. We promote strong communities by connecting Denver-area refugees from Burma with cultural mentorship teams and services that foster inclusion and independence. Learn about the numerous ways you can get involved today!
Frank and Carolyn's Mission Trip
Please help support Frank and Carolyn's mission trip to the Thai/Burma border in November by donation here:
|Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:16|
Omar Aden is a 15-year-old refugee from Somalia, and he loves to serve others!
In his own words, Omar says:
"I like to make friends and play and have fun. And also, I love my teachers that help me with my education. When I get stuck with something, my teachers are there for me to help me. My family, we have kids, and I help the kids when they need my help, and I also love my family. My favorite food is rice and chicken, and if my mom doesn't cook it and if they are eating something else, I won't eat it. I grew up in Somalia, but I was born in Kenya. I speak Maay-Maay and English. My Auntie still lives in Somalia. In Somalia there was bad people, so me and my family came here to the United States."
When asked how he heard about Project Worthmore and why he got involved with us, Omar replied:
"I heard about Project Worthmore through the Colorado "I Have A Dream Foundation". I volunteered because some other countries need food. We did a rice drive to help those families that need our help. They will die if they don't have enough food, and that's why I want to help."
That inspires us. It's people like Omar that show us how to rise above the difficulties in our lives and demonstrate how to truly love our neighbor.
Thank you Omar - and thank all of you that support Project Worthmore!!
|Fri, 08/17/2012 - 23:20|
Yesterday I met Maung Har who is a refugee from Burma. He’s been here a month, and he’s one of hundreds that often slip through the cracks of a broken system.
Maung Har and his family lived in Karen State, Burma, and had to flee after their village was attacked and destroyed by the Burma Army. He then found refuge at Mae Ra Moe refugee camp along the Thai-Burma border. During his 8 years living there, his wife became pregnant, and he became glossy-eyed as he recounted losing his wife during childbirth. Their newborn daughter survived, only to die 2 months later. A fact we talk about often, yet here is a man who has lived it – 1 in 12 mothers will die due to complications of childbirth, and 1 in 5 children will die before their 5th birthday in eastern Burma.
Now Maung Har and his 14 year-old son have sought asylum in the USA. Residing here one month already, the man we found was covered in painful itching sores all over his arms/wrists and ankles/legs. A problem he had while in Thailand that has never been addressed since arriving to America. It could be scabies, which is common in the refugee camps, but no matter what it is, it’s gone on too long. Why was it not addressed sooner?
Also, he was never provided a rice cooker, nor shown how to go to the store and shop for food. Again, he’s been here for one month! So he and his son have been living off of Top Ramen noodles, simply because they didn’t know what else to do.
Project Worthmore digs deep to find those who fall through the cracks of a weak system. A mentor team has opened their hearts to help with the transition of Maung Har and his son. They took him grocery shopping last night, and will help get him to the doctor to address his skin problem. They’ll help with his English learning, and Project Worthmore will supply school supplies as his son enters middle school. Because of the generosity of others, we were able to give them a rice cooker, cleaning supplies, toiletries, household needs, and a bag of rice that should feed them for a month. We’ll be sure they are cared for and get the best opportunity to get on their feet as soon as possible. They’ll know that they are loved and not forgotten – both by God and their community.
Come dig in the cracks with us - get involved in a refugee’s life by contacting Project Worthmore today!
Digging with Love,
|Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:00|
|Sat, 08/04/2012 - 14:13|
I woke up the other morning and in my few moments of quiet I read this quote by Emily Dickinson, "If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain." I thought to myself, "I like that!". What is more important than sharing the love that was given to me and the healing of my own broken heart, and offering that love to another broken heart in need of mercy and grace?
As the day raced on, I was able to witness this very thought in action.
Frank: "Shaune, we need to swing by the Rohingya refugee family's house to see if one of the sons wants a job." We entered the house and asked the young man in his 20s who had been in the States for only 3 months - "You want a job? Yes? Ok...we have to leave for the job interview in 15 minutes." He cleaned up, and off we went to his first job interview.
We also picked up a 41 year-old Chin refugee who has been in the States for a few years. He commutes almost 4 hours a day to clean a building for 3 hours. He was in for a surprise of what this next job opportunity would be. Spending a couple of hours with him, I also learned his story. His parents had both died from illnesses in Burma. They had 14 children, of those 14 only 4 were still alive. 10 siblings had died from preventable illnesses in Burma. I was too shocked to absorb what that really meant.
So here was Frank, me, a Rohingyan and two Chin ethnic people walking into ACE restaurant. ACE had just opened the day before, and was ranked in the Top 25 new restaurants in the nation! We met Chris and Daniel who were happy to have these two refugees who couldn't speak much English to be a part of their team. They welcomed them, showed incredible respect, and gave them the job on the spot - and told them to be to work the next day!
These two guys were filled with hope that day. Aaron, the Chin refugee, will make more money than he's ever made at $10/hour full-time. He'll cut the commute out of his day and have more time with his family, his community and his church. Sayed, the Rohingyan refugee, was given an opportunity to get him out of the house, improve on his English, and bring home a decent wage at $9/hour at a prestigious restaurant.
Were their broken hearts and lives restored this day because of a job? Not really.
But it was a day filled with excitement, thankfulness, joy, and hope - and for Project Worthmore, it was a day we felt thankful to be used in a small way to bring about good changes in the lives of the refugees.
To learn more about the work Project Worthmore is doing in Denver visit www.projectworthmore.com.
If you are in the Denver area, go eat at ACE! Visit www.acedenver.com for address and menu.
To read more about the plight of the refugees in Burma visit the Partners website at www.partnersworld.org.
If you are a business owner and want to provide work and an opportunity for a refugee, contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A life not lived in vain,
|Tue, 06/05/2012 - 11:02|
This is also a great opportunity to check out our booth and gather information on ways to get involved! Remember, 100% of the money given to Project Worthmore goes directly to meeting the needs our refugee neighbors. So bring a large group, have fun, eat great food and support a wonderful cause!
We hope to see you there!
|Fri, 05/11/2012 - 10:03|
The time has come again! Come eat at Watercourse Foods anytime throughout the day on June 11th. A portion of money made will go directly to serving Denver-area refugees. Be sure to pass the word along and invite your friends and family. We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing you there!
|Tue, 02/21/2012 - 10:46|
March 12th from 11am - 10pm
Come enjoy Denver's best vegan and vegetarian food March 12th at Watercourse Foods. Eat anytime between the hours of 11am - 10pm and a portion of the cost will go directly to helping Denver area refugees. Bring your friends and be sure to spread the word. We look forward to seeing you there!
Oh, and you can check out the menu and location at the Watercourse website: http://watercoursefoods.com/
|Tue, 01/24/2012 - 15:58|
Project Worthmore has had the exciting opportunity of partnering with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) to teach English to Karen refugees. ESL classes began two weeks ago and will continue to be held on Monday evenings at the Vineyard church in Arvada. Many Karen women and children have attended and our numbers will hopefully continue to increase in the coming weeks.
You can learn more about YWAM and their other good works here: http://www.ywam.org/
Many thanks to all of our volunteers and YWAM for your dedication to this task. Here's to many more weeks of fun and learning together!
|Tue, 12/13/2011 - 09:21|
Ice skate-a-thon success!
For all those who participated in and/or supported our Ice Skate-A-Thon yesterday, we greatly appreciate your contribution. A total of $1,700 was raised to help support our local refugee community!
A special thanks to Big Bear Ice Arena and Montessori Children's House of Denver for making this event possible.
|Mon, 10/24/2011 - 09:34|
Many Thanks to Montessor Children's House of Denver for making this happen!
Why an ice skate-a-thon? To help raise funds to provide food, clothing, bus passes, and school materials for refugee children and their families. Takes place December 12th at Big Bear Ice Area.
Why a rice & coat drive? Many refugees are coming from places that have never experienced winter. Often times these individuals are ill-equipped to handle the cold winter months we experience here in Colorado. Providing coats is a great way to help keep people warm.