Story by Lyndsey Schley
Volunteer Marissa Dove drove up to the North Hill house on a rainy morning. She volunteers with World Relief Akron, a local refugee agency, and had stopped to pick up a Bhutanese-Nepali family that had just arrived in the United States a few days prior.
The father, mother and two young boys were running late, like so many families with young kids. The youngest was crying. He had gotten sick overnight. They climbed into the SUV and Dove helped get him into the car seat. His mother rubbed his legs to comfort him as they drove downtown.
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Tagged 90-day Resettlement Process, Akron, Bhutanese, Children, Churches, Community, Culture, Evangelical, Family, Good Neighbor, International, International Organization for Migration, Kara Ulmer, nepali, North Hill, refugee, United Nations, Volunteers, World Relief Akron
The long and arduous process includes Akron
as a key resettlement sanctuary
Story by Tom Crain
Walk any neighborhood in North Hill these days and you’re bound to take note of a distinctive culture of new immigrants frequenting the residential sidewalks, business districts, school playgrounds and city parks. They wear colorful shawls, saris and robes of homespun wool accessorized with decorative gold and coral headpieces, bangles, rounded wool caps and turbans. Most talk in a funny dialect called Nepali (similar to Hindi or Punjabi) accompanied with a written alphabet resembling “chicken scratch.”
These distinctive and striking people have also created a new crop of Asian markets piled floor to ceiling with rice-filled burlap sacks, shelves of dried mango powder, cardamom pods, fermented millet wine and in back, goat meat and pig’s feet. New cafes feature the popular cuisine of momo (dumplings) and thukpa (noodle soup). The many who are non-Christian, congregate in temples practicing Hindu and Buddhism. The youth form their own soccer clubs and also play cricket. These tight-knit families can also be seen on warm, sunny days fishing, frogging, berrying and ‘shrooming all along the city’s nature trails.
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Tagged Akron, Asian, Bhutanese, Burma, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Akron, International Institute of Akron, Myanmar, nepali, North Hill, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, United Nations