Resettlement Support Center Africa

Resettlement Support Center Africa

Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania

Cultural Orientation participants are eager to learn about life in the United States.

Through the work of Resettlement Support Center Africa, this past year CWS assisted 16,473 refugee men, women and children in finding safety and rebuilding their lives in the U.S. Our team administers RSC Africa through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration.

As part of RSC services, CWS offers pre-departure cultural orientation to refugees who have been approved by the U.S. government for resettlement. This familiarizes them with subjects such as what to expect getting on an airplane for the first time, employment, U.S. education systems, health care and financial management.

In 2016, CWS expanded its cultural orientation curriculum to include a course specializing in English language for refugees approved for travel to the U.S. Courses were taught in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania and Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda. Results of the four-week course included an increase in test scores by 75-80 percent between pre- and post-tests. An additional outcome that our team observed has been a propensity for refugees who have completed the course to pass on their knowledge to others in the refugee camps by taking on roles as language tutors.