Basher was the first client of a special program Islamic Relief USA donors put together to help newly-arrived refugees through rent assistance and case management, as well as guiding them through social services and getting them acclimated to their new communities. What made this program special was that it was dedicated to those who have had difficulty settling in due to medical conditions, psychological trauma, or low English proficiency.
Basher’s road here was difficult: He was tortured in Syria, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He escaped with his mother, and now found himself in a completely new place, not knowing how to restart.
Basher reached out to IRUSA and got to work right away on setting himself up for success. IRUSA provided him with a laptop, rent assistance for him and his mother, networking opportunities, and more.
Basher started taking English lessons for 20 hours a week. IRUSA’s Wasif Qureshi, who worked directly with Basher, added that Basher wanted to work with computers or be a translator. As he worked first on creating a resume and improving his English, Basher set his sights on getting a job. Basher even helped IRUSA with translation services for other refugees in the community.
Two years after coming to the US, Basher enrolled in college. Throughout his studies, Basher maintained a high GPA, and graduated with a 3.9. Basher and his mother also moved into a new home with the help of IRUSA, and he took his first steps upstairs!
Most recently, Basher told us he bought a car and is driving, and with therapy, he hopes he can do even more.