Sauti (Voice in Swahili) is a coming-of-age documentary about five girls who escaped decades ago from war and persecution in Rwanda, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. They’ve lived nearly their entire lives in the host country of Uganda. Now, as they approach adulthood, they want to transcend the label ‘refugee’ and move beyond the obstacles facing them in a protracted refugee situation within a struggling country.
What if local youth had a voice to impact the community that they are inhereting? The Young Leaders Forum is a group of four high school students from diverse backgrounds that have spent their summers engaging with their community to learn about significant local issues, and planning for this one-night event. It will a very unqiue and intentional event. Come experience the culmination of youth-led conversations.
The gallery experience will feature artwork from dozens of visual artists, as well as live musical performances by Tom Hagerman (of DeVotchKa) Ensemble, Bluebook, and DJ sets by Jonny DeStefano and Christy Thacker. The unique evening of art, music, food, drink and community will debut a collection of original artwork inspired by this year’s theme “Faces of US” – a look into the qualities embodied by the people of our country. A celebration of how they are as unique as they are universal.
Welcome Week is an annual series of events. Immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents come together to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. We will host a panel discussion and reception with local area immigrants, refugees, and service providers. This event will be co-hosted by DPL and ECDC’s African Community Center. All are welcome!
Doctors Without Borders presents a panel discussion about the medical challenges faced by refugees, internally displaced people, and asylum seekers. This special event is part of the launch of our interactive exhibition about the global refugee crisis: Forced From Home. We will explore the specific health care needs of people on the move, and examine the impact of border closures and other restrictive measures. MSF aid workers will share their first-hand experiences treating refugees and displaced people in various settings around the world. We will also explore the medical challenges people may face after resettlement in the United States.
Doctors Without Borders presents Forced From Home, a free interactive tour that takes you behind the headlines about the global refugee crisis. Guided by experienced MSF aid workers, you’ll travel through a 10,000-square-foot space designed to convey the challenges facing a person forced to flee. You’ll also learn about the humanitarian aid we provide along the way.
“Sauti” (“Voice” in Swahili) follows the efforts of five young women who were brought to the Settlement as children and who, as they approach adulthood, strive to pursue their dreams for a future beyond the constraints of a protracted refugee situation in an underdeveloped host country.
Write Our World has developed an exhibit of gorgeous bilingual ebooks created by Crawford Elementary School refugee students and their families from Somalia, Nepal and Burma on exhibit at the Aurora History Museum. Their books document their native cultures and the experience of coming to the US as refugees. This exhibit is a part of the annual celebration, GlobalFest that celebrates Aurora’s unique cultural diversity.
The showing of the moving film Sauti, sharing the stories of girls who have grown up in Kyangwali, an refugee settlement in Uganda. Presentations from CIYOTA leaders from one time waring tribes about their work Pan – Africa. Dance, Art, and Storytelling from emerging peace leaders from the continent of Africa