The River City Pearls, an official interest group of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., has been actively engaged in developing a partnership with the Lutheran Services of Northeast Florida, Inc. (LSNF). This partnership is a way to enhance the international footprint of the sorority’s Refugees in the America Assistance Program (RAAP). The program enables the interest group to focus on refugees of color in the United States by partnering with organizations engaged in support activities that assist refugees and their families to integrate into American life. This includes literacy classes, educational training, and other necessary transitional support. Recently, the Pearls adopted a family of eight via the partnership. After fleeing Sudan, the family spent nine years in a refugee camp in Egypt and arrived in the United States on January 2020. “Imagine fleeing from your home and country to escape violence, or war, or persecution – leaving everything you own and everyone you know behind, to seek a safer life for yourself and your children; you have no money, do not speak the language and are struggling to navigate a new community. This was the reason we had to donate,” said member Vernell Whitfield. The initial donation of $500.00 from the River City Pearls to the Angalo Kure family is just the beginning as they support this family in rebuilding their lives. Shown to the right is River City Pearls Vice President Antoinette Sweeting presenting a $500 facsimile check to four of the Kure family members.
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