Safed House 2018 Award Ceremony for Refugee Essay Contest to be Held at Alhambra High School

Safed House 2018 Award Ceremony for Refugee Essay Contest to be Held at Alhambra High School

Safed House, a 501 c-3 non-profit that provides a welcoming place for refugees and immigrants to share their stories in a culturally sensitive context, will present compelling video accounts for the winners of the 2018 essay contest on Wednesday November 7 at 6 pm. The ceremony celebration will be held at Alhambra High School, located at 3839 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85019.

Safed House will portray the journey of Alaa Alothman, first place winner, escaping Aleppo, Syria, enduring life in a Jordanian refugee camp, experiencing prejudice and isolation in Jordan, meeting influential teacher advocates there, finally moving to Phoenix to finish high school, once again meeting supportive teacher advocates who taught her English and gave her the strength to survive the transition to life in America.  She now is a Freshman at Phoenix College, studying to become a teacher to give back to her fellow refugees.

Poung Change, a Myanmar refugee, shares how his whole family left Myanmar for a refugee camp in Thailand, where they lived for nine years, and survived the difficulty of political oppression. He tells the pain of leaving his grandmother in the refugee camp when he and his mother were chosen by the UN to move to the US, first Indianapolis then to Phoenix.  He shares how the language barrier challenged him along the way and how he learned to cope with the struggle and now happily recounts his new life in America.

Four of the six winners attend Alhambra High School including Poung, Alaa (former student there), runner up – Prashna Rai (from Nepal) and honorable mention Christine Nyamurigerwa (from Burundi).

“We are thrilled that so many Alhambra students ranked high in the Safed House essay contest,” says Principal Karen Cardenas, Alhambra High School. “It’s a pleasure to partner with Safed House to host this important event.”

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<p><strong style="font-weight: bolder">Susan Gitenstein Assadi</strong> is the co-founder and president of the board of Safed House, a non-profit that assists refugees and recent immigrants in America navigate resettlement as well as provide a digital platform to share their stories. She also is the co-producer of the Safed House videos.</p><p>Prior to founding Safed House, Susan was Program Chair and on the Board of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. Her other non-profit work includes founding a chapter of Seeds of Peace in Arizona and managing public relations for the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, Cordoba House, and the national Bahai organization. In 1992 Susan co-founded a public relations firm, GAPR, in Arizona which focuses on communication services. She is a highly respected national media strategist. Susan has over four decades of extensive experience representing non-profits. Susan holds a MFA from New York University School of the Arts and a BA from Washington University in Political Science.</p><p> </p>

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