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Archives for September 2013

Congolese Success Stories

The National Partnership for Community Training is pleased to present some recent success stories of Congolese refugees.

Charlotte Sews for Success in the Micro-enterprise Program

Charlotte Sews for Success in the Microenterprise ProgramCharlotte, a refugee originally from the Congo, is a skilled and trained tailor with more than twenty years experience in the tailoring business in Ethiopia and Congo. She also worked as a  teacher for a United Nations (UN) Sewing Project for Women in Ethiopia. Charlotte was resettled by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Tucson, Arizona in 2008 with her husband and four children. -excerpt taken from ORR




Providing for a Family of Seven

New Licensed Provider:  Violette Kalambayi

Violette is a  refugee who arrived in the United States from the Congo.  Violette is one of our most outgoing and expressive clients to date.  As a Certified Nursing Assistant, starting her own home-based childcare business was a natural fit.  Violette completed many hours of child care business training and passed all county, health and safety inspections perfectly.  She now boasts three enrolled children. – excerpt taken from ORR









Video address: Fidel Nshombo

“I am blessed as a refugee. Blessed as a citizen and I am blessed as a human being and even better I am blessed that I have been given the opportunity to come here after 15 years of tribulations and explore and extend my opportunities. But more better than that I have been blessed to be put in a neighborhood, in a city, where they support me from the bottom up, Boise, ID. From the street vendors who come and listen to me speak my poetry for hours to the governor who invites me to the big conferences. So I want to tell you this; the mayor has given me a space to help refugees, so I want you guys to go in your neighborhood, find the problems that refugees are facing, even though there is no funding, there is no money through agencies to support those programs. Be a volunteer and start that program on your own. Help those people and later if funding will ever be, it will be better, but don’t wait for money to help. Thank you and God bless you.” – Fidel – excerpt taken from ORR


And the winner of the Nansen Refugee Award, Sister Angélique Namaika

Sister Angélique Namaika, a 46-year-old Congolese Roman Catholic nun who has been working with displaced women and girls for a decade in the remote town of Dungu, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Sister Angélique assists displaced women and girls who have been forced from their homes by armed groups – including the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) – and helps them to pick up the pieces of their lives.


e-leearning_across_globeThe National Partnership for Community Training’s (NPCT) free, annual, 8-week e-learning course is comprised of past live training participants and concludes with the establishment of a participant driven group project relevant to and implemented in the participants’ geographical area that meets the needs of the community

The course is divided into three 2-week segments consisting of webinars, reading assignments, case studies and group discussions led by experts in the torture treatment field from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture.


Course Description

This eight-week course is divided into three major themes:

  • Working with Traumatized Children and Families
  • Measuring Trauma in a Primary Care Setting
  • Group Treatment

Participants will be given two weeks of guided instruction to unpack each of these three themes.  In the final two weeks of the course the participants will apply what they have learned to a practical learning project that fits the needs of their community.

Target Audience

This course is intended for individuals who have attended an onsite NPCT training in the past three years and who provide direct service to refugee/asylee populations in the following disciplines: mental health, medical, legal, social service, case management and spiritual.

Time commitment and participation requirement

The course will last eight (8) weeks and will take about 2 hours per week.  Internet access is required in order to participate in course work.  Participants are encouraged to work with their supervisors to allow space in their work schedules to meet the time commitment.

Each segment of the course will consist of a two week in depth look at one of the three topics of focus and much of it can be done at self-chosen times by each participant.  Once every two weeks participants will be required to participate in a conference call or a live webinar.

Limited Space

Enrollment will be limited to fifteen (15) participants.


Certificates of completion will be provided for participants that complete the course and meet all mandatory requirements of the course within the required time frame.

E-learning Project Success Story