A Swahili speaking native of Kenya, Jeremiah has been living and working as a translator among refugees since 2008. During this time, he has been exposed to some of the challenges that his refugee friends and neighbors face after resettlement in America.
He strongly believes that in order to address the challenges that refugees face, one ought to seek to heavily partner with refugees. In order for a refugee to be fully integrated into America he or she must be made aware of the endless opportunities in America and encouraged to take advantage of them for the betterment of self and America at large.
Jeremiah has stated “It is important for MAC to focus on relationship building with refugees. We cannot truly address the needs of the people we serve without looking at their needs from their perspective. The only way we can do this is by relationship building and creating an environment where refugees feel empowered to speak up and take ownership of their new life in America.”
Basuze Guilain Madogo
Administrative and Community Engagement Coordinator
Basuze Madogo is a church and community leader who arrived in the U.S. in 2014 as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is committed to serving his community of refugees and immigrants by helping them navigate the complex systems of social services and transportation in America as well as giving translation assistance when he can.
He enjoys learning new languages, which helps him interact and socialize with people in his community. Basuze envisions a united community that is integrated in society with the hope of everyone having the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
In Billy Otieno we have an individual who is passionate about and is dedicated to sports. As a high school player in Nairobi, Kenya and as a scholarship recipient and student athlete at Christian Brothers University, he possesses a wealth of experience having had the privilege of being coached in soccer by top level coaches at all levels.
Billy desires to pass down the skills that he acquired over the years to young soccer players and help them develop their leadership skills as well as their playing ability.