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December 16, 2010

Women Who Flee Find Refuge in Indianapolis

by Kelly Young

They come here as refugees, looking for a better life for themselves and their families. Fortunately, they get help from the Exodus Refugee Immigration, a nonprofit that was granted $15,000 from Women’s Fund this year. As a donor to Women’s Fund, I wanted to know more about this critical issue and about one of the organizations that may have benefited from my investment (especially because I knew very little about either until now).

Exodus is a refugee resettlement agency in Indianapolis. For the past 28 years, they have warmly welcomed the brave women, men and children who have escaped tragic situations of instability and uncertainty to seek safety, freedom and a new home in our community. This year alone, Exodus welcomed 660 refugees to Indianapolis. Karen, Chin, and Karenni Burmese refugees make up more than 95 percent of the people making Indianapolis their new home. Iraqi and Eritrean refugees are also being resettled in Indianapolis as well as various other groups. Additionally, they serve certified victims of human trafficking, asylees and secondary migrant refugees. Their website offers a lot of background information and facts to help you better understand these populations, their cultures and the barriers they face now that they are in a new place. I spent a lot of time on the web clicking through pages to learn more. I became intrigued by what I learned – and look forward to learning more.

Here’s what I appreciate about Women’s Fund… as the expert resource regarding issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana, they have invested in an organization – and are supporting a cause, that they have identified as a critical need in our community. I appreciate knowing that Women’s Fund uses research and a strategic grantmaking process before investing in an organization. I appreciate knowing that Women’s Fund supports programs specifically for refugee women so that they can be empowered, educated and inspired to succeed. Mostly, I appreciate knowing that my dollars may help a woman live a better life in Indianapolis by getting the help and resources she needs from an organization like Exodus.

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