Giving Back

maria lopez fernandez volunteerI believe volunteering is one of the best ways to develop new skills and use your talents to the fullest.

Through World Relief, a non profit organization dedicated to providing relief for refugees, I have been able to teach English as a second language to a family of three from Darfur.

Together, we worked on reading, writing and speaking the language until the mother was able to speak fluently enough to enroll in school. With the support of a coworker who donated a laptop, we were able to give her the tools she needed to live out her version of the American dream.voluntering maria lopez fernandez

When my family came to the U.S, I went through ESL in elementary school so I understood the mother’s frustration when she didn’t learn English quickly. To help her learn, I started teaching myself Arabic and we would trade lessons.

One afternoon while reading out loud from a magazine, she was able to say “acupressure” in perfect English. I’ll never forget the look of pride on her face. Having the opportunity to pay it forward and teach my refugee family was one of the most rewarding things I’ve done.

 

 

 

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One thought on “Giving Back

  1. Ted says:

    I may still sue you for as much money as I can for defamation. You are a physically repulsive ugly obese person. I just don’t want to spend the $5,000 to sue you. No one at TDG would take you on their team because you are so very dumb and dysfunctional. I tried to get you of my team and trade you but no one would take you and a lot of Poole make fun of you for as fat and nasty looking as you are given you are clinically obese and seem to somehow think you are attractive to gay guys

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