The Adio* family was part of the Bantu tribe, whose ancestors were brought to Somalia as slaves. This led to them being discriminated against during civil war in Somalia. Rebel forces would raid their village, and rape and kill many women and children.
The father was an English teacher in Somalia, and many of the rebel forces that raided his village frowned upon Western traditions such as learning English. So he was forced to end his English language program and flee with his family to a refugee camp.
When the Adio family finally arrived in the United States, LSF helped them with clothing, donated furniture, job placement, and school supplies for the younger children. The children now attend local elementary, middle, and high schools in the Tampa Bay area. And the father works with LSF to help resettle more families from Somalia and the surrounding region.
Thanks you for helping families in crisis like this one find new hope, so they can help others in our community!