The United States is known for being the new world, where you can make your dreams come true with hard work. Because of this, it is little wonder that it is a destination for those fleeing persecution in their own country. Moving is a hard thing to do, even harder when you don't speak the language and have no friends or family to help you navigate your new world. Helping with this is the International Rescue Committee.
"The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home." To learn about some of their achievements, visit their "Our Impact" page.
"New Roots" is program where "refugees are revitalizing urban spaces, sharing their farming know-how with their new neighbors and providing healthy, fresh food to their families and communities." They are becoming a part of their communities, healing through gardening and community, and learning how to use and improve their farming skills to feed and care for their families. Gardening is allowing them to reconnect with the land and foods from their homeland.
The video attached to this article speaks about the New Roots garden in Baltimore, but there are many sites in the United States that are connected to this program.