SOMALI WOMEN AND CHILDRENS ALLIANCE
May 26, 2010
I have been a tutor for the morning Adult ESL class since February, 2009. We meet Monday thru Thursday for approximately 3-4 hours, all year round. We also have an after school program for children. This summer we shall have a children's program again as we did last summer. I was amazed to see the art work the young people created.
During the summer we have youth that attend the adult class as well. Some of the youth are able to assist the adults with their school work, which is a good experience for the adults and the youth.
The Somali Women and Children's Alliance not only provides ESL but also many types of assistance to those in need. We have helped troubled youth, assisted single mothers and new immigrants with transportation to and from our classes. We assist in arranging appointment and providing transportation when necessary.
I personally assisted one young man and his family who had only been in the country for 4 months. We provided necessary support to adapt to our culture which included obtaining a job, keeping appointments, getting a drivers license, understanding bills, etc.
This has been a very rewarding experience for me. I enjoy working with the Directors because of their sincere concern for all who come to them for assistance. Even more, I enjoy the Somali Community and other Africans who have attended my class. I have watched their achievements for the last year with great pride.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
By watching the students succeed and obtain jobs, learn to drive and pass their drivers test, learn to communicate in English, and adapt to our culture.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would hope for more financial support to enable us to provide more assistance to individuals and update some of our technology.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Working with a very warm and welcoming Somali community and other Eastern Africans. They have helped broaded my views of other cultures.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Are very compassionate,dedicated,and willing to assist in any situation.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
It could help hundreds more in need.
Ways to make it better...
If I had more time to volunteer!
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I am an ESL Tutor for Adults from East Africa.