Students Aid Refugees, Partnering with Global Resettlement Program

Students Aid Refugees, Partnering with Global Resettlement Program

As students prepared to leave campus for the summer, the Center for Faith and Public Life’s (CFPL) Campus Sustainability grant recipient, Camille Giacovas ’18, launched the Recycle for Refugees Project. Through the project, Giacovas and fellow students Anya Cullen ’17 and Larkin Brown ’18 joined Julie Mughal, associate director of the CFPL, Pejay Lucky, associate director of Residence Life, and others to collect used furniture and home goods from Fairfield students for refugee families.

Over a span of three days, volunteers visited student residences at the beach, townhouses, and residence halls to collect a variety of items including dining tables, chairs, beds, nightstands, desks, lamps, dressers, kitchenware, mattresses, and more.

“At this time of global crisis, the program is an impactful way for students to have a positive effect on the lives of newly resettled refugees in Bridgeport,” stated Mughal.

The 160 refugee families that are being resettled by International Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (IICONN) in 2017, are arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ethiopia. ●F