Both Bahati and Walengamina are in the final stages of preparation for starting jobs with ProCare out of Bingham Farms. They will be providing one on one in home respite care for elderly, disabled, or children. They have completed their paperwork, cpr, online training and are waiting to be matched with a client. In addition, in mid-January Bahati will graduate from her sewing classes and will be qualified to do sideline work sewing for others.
Since the last update, Bahati has had a dryer installed at her apartment allowing her to both wash and dry her clothing the “American way.” This dryer was paid for by the generous donations of Hope friends.
Walengamina began online English classes (a far cry from the days when turning on the computer was daunting for her) and has shown significant improvement in her English language skills as a result. Bahati has passed the written driver’s test and now has a learner’s permit. Bahati will be starting evening driving classes this month with the goal of obtaining her Michigan Driver’s License and, eventually, her CDL for employment as a driver.
Bahati and Antony received an incredible Christmas gift when her sister, Mwajuma, and her sister’s three children were approved for immigration to the U.S. and arrived in Detroit on December 18th after a long, exhausting trip from the refugee camp in Tanzania. Two Hope friends joined Bahati and Antony as well as Samaritas case worker, Brittany Olson, at the airport to welcome Mwajuma, Evariste, Grace, and Maarufu. Currently Mwajuma’s family is sharing an apartment with Bahati and Antony. Thank you to the generosity of Hope friends for providing the funds for coats, shoes, outfits, pjs, underwear, and socks for Mwajuma’s family upon their arrival.
While our official co-sponsorship of both Bahati and Walengamina and their children ended with the end of 2019, we continue our informal support and our friendship. They consider their Hope friends their local family and Hope church their other church home. We celebrate with Walengamina, Rafael, Feza, Bahati, and Antony for the challenges they have overcome and are thankful for their trust in us as we walk alongside them as they embrace their role as New Americans.
In the exact written words of Bahati and Walengamina in the card they sent to Hope:
Dear Hope Friends,
I thank you for (everithing) you did for Anthony and me. (Marry) Christmas and Happy New Year.
Thank you for (everwthing).