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A Story of Hope and Resilience: The Journey of Two Young Brothers

by | Jan 30, 2024 | Uncategorized

Last week, in a modest workshop organized by JAMLAC for assisting migrants with work permit applications, an event made possible in partnership with the City of Denver and the generous support of the Colorado Office of New Americans and its partner, Rose Community Foundation, we met two incredible young brothers, ages 11 and 7. As they navigated the paperwork with our assistance, the boys shared their heartfelt journey to the U.S. with Marlene Bedoya, our Communications Director and Development Officer. It all started with a simple offer of cookies decorated with jungle animals from Marlene.

“The hardest part of leaving South America was crossing the jungle,” the older brother recounted, looking at the animal cookies. “In the jungle, these animals were scary, not friendly. It was hard to sleep with all the noises. But the worst was seeing people who didn’t make it.” His words were heavy with experiences no child should have to endure.

After a moment of silence, he smiled, showing a resilience beyond his years, “But the best part is, we’re here now. We left so much in Venezuela, including our beloved grandma. But here, we’re happy. My new school is great – I play soccer, read a lot, and have made friends. I dream of being a police officer to protect people.”

Their story is a powerful reminder of the strength and hope that guide so many like them. It’s a reflection of the impact of our work at JAMLAC. By the end of February, through our Dec, Jan, and Feb clinics, we will have aided approximately 300 individuals. And with continued effort and support, we aim to assist about 500 more from March to June.

This shares not just the brothers’ story but also the broader narrative of those we serve. Each person has a unique journey, filled with challenges and dreams. As we at JAMLAC, along with our supporters, become part of these new beginnings, we’re reminded of our privileges and the importance of lending a helping hand.

This workshop is one of many efforts supported by the City of Denver, the Colorado Office of New Americans and Rose Community Foundation to foster the integration and inclusion of newcomers into Colorado’s vibrant economic and social fabric. We are profoundly grateful for their partnership and commitment to this cause and the opportunity to serve and support our community, bringing hope and change. Let’s continue this vital work, remembering how fortunate we are and how much we can make a difference in others’ lives.

Thank you for being part of this journey of change and hope.