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Karna Rai

Karna Dhoj Rai, Summima Ingnam and their son Jonish arrived in Atlanta in April of 2016. Their daughter Johanna was born in 2018. The Rai/Ingnam family are dedicated to learning as much as possible and helping their children succeed.

Obaid Rasoul- 30 Years of Creating New Opportunities

Atlanta is now home to thousands of amazing new Americans who have contributed in incredible ways to their communities. Many of those new Americans have dedicated their lives to helping other refugees find success in their new home. One of those Americans is Obaid Rasoul. Obaid retired in 2016 after spending 33 years helping refugees …

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On the Pathway

On The Path photos and 5 year logo

New Americans are tenacious and strong, resilient and brave. They are dedicated to learning, working hard and creating a home for themselves and their families. They overcome obstacles and are focused on building their own versions of the American Dream.

Abdirahman’s Citizenship Journey

Abdirahman holding a small American Flag

Citizenship is a huge goal that many refugees have once they are resettled in the United States. During those first few weeks, it seems like a faraway dream, but it’s a dream that motivates many new Americans down their own pathway towards citizenship. Many of the refugees we serve have never had the opportunity to participate in civic life prior to their arrival in the United States.

Bee Nguyen: Our 2019 Friend of Freedom Honoree

At Red, White and NEW on August 17, 2019, New American Pathways will honor Bee Nguyen, the representative for Georgia House District 89 that includes City of Atlanta and DeKalb County.   As the daughter of former refugees from Vietnam, Bee Nguyen cherishes the community’s most diverse voices. She spent a decade empowering girls through Athena’s Warehouse, the nonprofit she started to …

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Faryiha’s Story

When Faryiha was young, she dreamt of becoming a nurse. A Somali national, her dreams were put on hold when she and her family fled to Uganda in 2006. Faryiha spent the next eight years of her life at a refugee camp, eventually finishing high school and starting a family of her own. In 2012, …

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Omar’s Story

Anyone who has even been to Clarkston knows Omar Shekhey, who runs the Somali American Community Center by day and drives a cab at night. Many stories have been written about Omar. Here’s one of the best from NPR in 2015. About the low refugee ceiling and lag in refugee arrivals to the U.S., Omar …

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Abu’s Story

Originally from Burma (now Myanmar), Abu had built a life as a typical teenager, attending school and helping his father out at their family business when he could. However, as a Muslim and as a member of the minority Rohingya ethnic group, Abu faced discrimination and persecution in his home country. In 2008, at age …

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Learning for Life

Mohamad, a refugee from Burma (now Myanmar), came to the United States alone in 2014. Since then he has worked several labor intensive jobs, gone to school and spent many hours contacting people and filling out forms trying to reunite with his family. He successfully brought his wife and two of his children to the …

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