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From Genocide to Tableside
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to provide a safe space for people to gather and converse about the history of refugees and immigrants currently residing in Philadelphia, their resettlement experiences, their triumph over trauma, and their determination to recover from the atrocities of genocide. These conversations can bring to light the strength of a community and ideas for continued growth fulfilling KITHS’ mission to provide opportunities that can lead to self-sufficiency within the immigrant and refugee communities. This project also allows for space to discuss lack of visibility when compared to more dominant communities, equal access to resources, and change the narrative about immigrants and refugees residing in Philadelphia.
Target Group: Community organizations, leaders and members that have an interest in
supporting the immigrant and refugee communities (specifically Cambodian immigrants and refugees). Organizations need not be a non-profit or representing a human service field.
Location: In the community – alternating tableside conversations at KITHS main office and other community organizations. The hope is that those who are joining these conversations will also offer to host tableside conversations.
Desired Outcomes: We hope these tableside gatherings will result in collaborative partnerships with various community organizations, build and enhance leadership skills among leaders within this vulnerable community, and encourage the questioning of current systems that do not offer equal opportunities and/or continue to not value immigrants and refugees as productive members of society. This project will also support immigrant and refugees healing process, provide space for shared resources, advocate for social justice, and support self-sufficiency, independence and growth.