Birthplace: Mae La Refugee Camp, Thailand
Mone lived in a refugee camp for 19 years. She arrived in the U.S. in 2008. She used to be a bilingual outreach worker for Des Moines Public Schools.
“Keep studying and think about your children’s future. Keep learning about the American culture.”
Donna retired in 2011 as Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with West Des Moines Schools. She became involved with EMBARC after seeing the critical role the organization plays in helping refugees from Burma establish new homes and lives in Iowa.
“Refugees bring with them more than just a few personal effects. They bring the gifts of courage, hope, strength and new eyes.”
Birthplace: SawTah, Thailand
Thway spent 23 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. She arrived in the U.S. in 2007. Thway is also a bilingual outreach worker for Des Moines Public Schools.
“The United States is your new home. Don’t be afraid to speak English and make mistakes. Just keep trying.”
Brandon is a program manager for CLEAResult, a company that provides energy efficiency assistance to customers of all types. Aside from his work on the EMBARC board, he also spends time tutoring members of the EMBARC community. He lives in Des Moines with his wife and two daughters.
Mu Law spent 20 years in a Karenni refugee camp in Thailand. She arrived in the U.S. in 2010. She is now a bilingual outreach worker for Des Moines Public Schools.
“Don’t give up.”
Birthplace: Kalaymyo, Burma
Noel left Burma in 2007 and arrived in the U.S. in 2011. He is now doing Outreach Interpretation for Burmese Community when he is needed.