Last month, Live Endless had the exciting opportunity to partner with F.R.E.E. (Friends of Refugees Providing Education & Empowerment), a non-profit organization based in Clarkston, GA that provides refugee families and students with the education, support, and everyday resources that are needed.
Made possible through the joint effort of the United Nations and U.S. State Department, refugee families from over 70 different countries have resettled throughout the United States. Many of them have come to the United States with hopes of leaving behind the humanitarian crises and horrendous conditions overseas born of religious/ethnic persecution, war and genocide, torture, starvation, sex trafficking, rape, and murder. Since the refugee relocation program began, more than 60,000 refugees have been relocated to Georgia after having spent years in refugee camps overseas. In fact, government statistics report over the past decade alone, over 30,000 refugees have been resettled to Georgia, predominantly in the community of Clarkston, GA. They continue to arrive in Georgia at a rate of 2,500 - 3,000 per year speaking little to no English, with scarcely more than the clothes on their backs. Their arrival is often times only half the battle, because once they come to the United States, they must assimilate to the language and culture of the United States. This leaves many of the refugees in a position where they are setup to fail from the start and can easily be taken advantage of.
This is where F.R.E.E. steps in. F.R.E.E. collaborates with individuals, groups, and organizations to conduct fundraisers and solicit donations that enable the organization to provide the refugees with medical attention, tuition assistance, school lunches and snacks, transportation, clothes, and common household items. F.R.E.E. also provides fun learning activities in the Clarkston community to increase the refugee's knowledge of the society in which they now live.
Live Endless is proud to partner with F.R.E.E. in order to bring an increased awareness to the plight of the refugees, in the hopes of garnering more support and donations for their needs. For more information on The F.R.E.E. Project and how you can help, visit their website at www.freerefugees.com. #LiveEndless