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Najeb Spoke at HIAS Shabbat

03/14/2022 12:06:13 PM

Mar14

Lauren Park

On March 4, 2022, Najeb, Maryam, and their three children, the Afghan family living in our Baseline house just west of Har HaShem, attended services as part of the HIAS’ National Refugee Shabbat, a Shabbat experience dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. Najeb gave a moving speech about his experiences working for the American military in Kabul, Afghanistan; his harrowing story of being airlifted out of Kabul with his family; and their journey through Qatar, Germany, Washington D.C., Indiana, and finally to Boulder.  He expressed his deep gratitude for the services, including English language training, and friendship provided by the congregation.  You can watch his speech here. Or read it here.

Najeb has received his Colorado driver’s license.  He is now studying for his commercial driver’s license so that he can qualify for a truck driving job.  He drove trucks for the American Army for many years and hopes to turn that experience into a well-paying job to support his family here and in Afghanistan.

Najeb is working on getting Permanent Resident Cards (green cards) for the family, which will allow them to live permanently in the United States.

The Afghan Family Team is exploring pre-schools for the boys.  Either the JCC and HeadStart will be available for them when they are ready.  

Other Upcoming Needs for the Family
Donated phones would be helpful. Najeb's phone is from Afghanistan and very low quality. Maryam needs a phone so that when she is home alone with the children, she has a way to communicate. If you are getting ready to trade in a phone, please consider donating your old version! Email us at  resettlement@harhashem.org.

Please continue to donate funds to Najeb and Maryam and to Har HarShem on our website here.

Please also consider supporting our new Afghan neighbors by calling your members of Congress to ask them to create a clear pathway to permanent legal status for Afghan refugee families. An Afghan Adjustment Act will be critical for ensuring that Afghan refugees are able to make the United States their home for years to come.  Click here for instructions to make your call.  The HAIS website has an automatic call-in tool, a script, and instructions. Update this content.

Fri, May 20 2022 19 Iyar 5782