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Nyamuoch Girwath was born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia after her family was forced to flee their home in South Sudan on foot due to civil war. Her family was resettled to the United States by LIRS when she was just four years old and she grew up in…

The Gambia

Winner of the 2016 John F. Kiffney Public Service Award from the Providence Newspaper Guild; and recipient of ‘One of Rhode Islanders of the Year 2015’ award from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, Omar Bah is the Founder & Executive Director of the…

Seleshi Ayalew Asfaw, Executive Director of ETSS, has a Doctorate of Medicine from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He practiced medicine and eventually served as the Executive Director of Gondar Regional Health Department through the Ministry of…

Som Nath Subedi was born in 1981 in Bhutan. After living in a refugee camp in Nepal for almost 20 years, Som resettled to the United States in 2008 with ten dollars and a plastic bag. Since coming to the States, he has been involved as a volunteer…

Tika Ram Dhungana is a former refugee from Bhutan. He was resettled to Harrisburg, PA in 2010 and became a United States citizen in 2015. In 2014 he published the book Satisfaction and Service, a Grand Source of Success. He is the founding president…