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THE FOOD IS LOCAL.
THE STORY IS GLOBAL.

"THE WORLD IS WATCHING WHAT IS GOING ON ON THIS PLOT OF LAND. YOU ARE TRULY DOING PHENOMENAL WORK. IT'S A MODEL FOR THE NATION, FOR THE WORLD."

–MICHELLE OBAMA

DURING A VISIT TO THE IRC’S NEW ROOTS COMMUNITY FARM IN SAN DIEGO, APRIL 2010

Threads 4 Thought is proud to partner
with the IRC's New Roots Program.

The IRC’s New Roots program helps refugees become self-sufficient and contribute to their new home through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming. With training, tools and land provided by the IRC, refugees are sharing their agricultural skills and producing affordable, locally grown vegetables and fruit for their families and their neighbors. New Roots is an essential part of the IRC’s broader efforts in over 40 countries to help communities build a more healthy, secure and sustainable future.

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NEW ROOTS STORY OF THE MONTH: MEET SITEY MBERE

Somali Bantu spokeswoman Sitey Mbere expressing her joy in farming during the New Roots Farm Raising event in San Diego.

Sitey is a Bahati Mama, a close knit group of female refugee farmers who sell their produce at the city's weekend markets. Like most women in the group, Sitey is a Bantu refugee from Somalia and farmed long before her involvement with the market. The Bahati Mamas first organized at the New Roots Community Farm in the San Diego neighborhood of City Heights, known for its diverse population and eclectic mix of cultures.

"First we started in our community garden,
but before that I farmed in Somalia."

 

Photographer: Sandy Huffaker/IRC

The International Rescue Committee

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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. For over 75 years, they have offered lifesaving care and life-changing help to refugees forced to flee from conflict or disaster. The IRC is in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities; the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

WWW.RESCUE.ORG

The IRC is consistently awarded high marks by charity watchdog groups and respected publications for the efficient use of its financial support and the effectiveness of its work. Of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 90¢ goes to programs and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by war or disaster.