Little Anfa was not allowed to come to the United States when her family came a few years ago because she was an infant and was not able to speak for herself to the immigration people. So her parents had to make a difficult decision and she was left in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya with her grandparents until things could be straightened out. 3 years later she is finally reunited with her parents in Minneapolis, MN and Farrah Fazal from KSTP tells the story on one of our major news stations in Minneapolis.
Gail Harvey from Don’t Cry…I’m Here said, “I was just watching our local Minneapolis KSTP news broadcast tonight and they had a report on a newly arrived little refugee girl from Kenya that caught my attention. As I watched the story I was frantically writing down information to contact KSTP to get one of our Doll Gift Tote Bags to this little girl. All of a sudden….I saw her and she was holding one of our dolls. The link below shows Anfa holding her doll and hugging it tightly. Click on the link below to watch this story and at 5 minutes 46 seconds little Anfa is holding one of our dolls. I have confirmed that this is one of the dolls that Don’t Cry…I’m Here gave to Lutheran Social Service–Refugee Services. Anfa received her doll when she arrived to her new home..
We, at Don’t Cry…I’m Here, were over-the-top excited to receive 2 photos of 4 little refugee girls that received our Doll Gift Tote Bags. Our Doll Gift Tote Bags include an ethnically-sensitive 18″ doll, doll outfits and accessories for the doll, quilt and pillow set and a tote bag to put all of their little doll goodies into.
After a very dangerous and difficult process to get to safety … and then a lengthy process to get to the United States….these 4 girls are settling into their new homes and living a life of freedom. And their dolls will be at their sides as they adjust to this new life.
These photos were taken and shared with us from one of the Refugee Resettlement organizations that we work with…..Lutheran Social Service-Refugee Services. Permission was given by the parents of the girls and Lutheran Social Service-Refugee Services to share these photos.
We at Don’t Cry…I’m Here have developed a very important connection with The Center for Victims of Torture. We have made 2 deliveries of Doll Gift Tote Bags to CVT. We KNOW that the families of the little refugee girls that CVT works with have gone through such horrible and unthinkable times and these little refugee girls NEED a doll to love and care for. And we will do everything we can to donate as many dolls as they need to reach the hurting hearts of the little girls.
Below is the CVT blog featuring Don’t Cry…I’m Here