Meet Marie

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Marie comes from Masisi, D R Congo, in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains. It is 50 miles from the regional capital, Goma, on the border of Rwanda. Marie has happy childhood memories of playing with friends and singing with a church group. Masisi is known for cheese, and her family owned cows. Marie went to school until the 6th grade when her mother died. After that she was responsible for farming and tending to the cows. She was married at 20, and had 4 children before civil war forced her family to flee. They had to leave their homes in a...

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Meet Rose

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If you’ve been around Beautiful Day these last few years, you’ve probably met Rose or read about her on a previous card. Rose was 5 when her family fled to Tanzania. Her education ended at 5th grade when her school was closed as part of a campaign to get refugees to return to Burundi. She was married at 17, arrived in Rhode Island in 2015, completed our kitchen training program in 2018, and then went through our market training. Rose was deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. When schools went remote, she had to leave a job to care for...

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Meet Rodrigo

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Rodrigo knows he’s good at adapting. Though he was born in the US, he spent his entire life in Guatemala, where he had to move frequently. When his family had to flee the violence last year, he joined an uncle in Rhode Island and the rest of his family followed. Starting at a new high school in a new language as a junior isn’t easy, but Rodrigo also knows it’s full of opportunities. “I could be sad that I don’t know anyone,” he told us. Instead he’s worked on learning and making friends. On the first day of school, his friends took him to meet the football coach, and...

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Meet Venance

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Venance is the third sibling in his family to attend our program. Originally from DR Congo, he grew up in Bangkok where he attended an international school and has memories of good teachers, good friends, and fun going downtown, including to huge malls. It took years after his move to the US at 7 for him to realize he was never going “home.” But Venance doesn’t identify as a resettled refugee. He is now comfortably home in the US. As a sophomore at La Salle Academy he’s a defensive back on the football team, does track, and is a point...

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Meet Flora

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Flora was born and lived the first chapter of her life in a village called Bunagana, in a beautiful but unstable part of DR Congo near the border of Rwanda and Uganda. She was 27, a farmer with 2 children, growing corn and beans and raising goats, when she saw people getting killed by men with guns. She and her family walked 3 days through the mountains to Uganda. They eventually got on a bus that took them to the refugee camp where her growing family lived for 22 years. We asked Flora about her new life in the US....

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Meet Zaid

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Many of you once read about Zaid in the RI Monthly–how he fled Iraq for Syria in 2006 and journeyed, apart from family, for a failed asylum bid in Sweden. His family was resettled in Providence in 2010 and he started working for Beautiful Day. This was back when BD was an experiment. Zaid did every job we had: baking, receiving, shipping, deliveries, deposits, markets. If you’ve received a package from Beautiful Day, you can bet it passed through Zaid’s hands. Zaid recalls coming to the US with nothing. He thanks God that his father taught him to work hard...

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