"First Steps: And Introduction to Life in America" for Myanmar Refugees

These educational cards, folders and books are designed by the Chicago Welcomes You project. They were designed to help refugees from Myanmar (or Burma) make a smooth transition to a new life.The Karen are one of the people groups who live in Myanmar. For centuries they had lived peaceful agrarian lives. The Myanmar government however have destroyed their lifestyle and subjected the Karen to murder, rape and forced labor. Having no safe haven to go to, the Karen are now refugees.In a period from 2007 to 2009 ,the United States government had invited 55.000 Myanmar refugees to begin a new life in the U.S.Recognizing how hard and confusing it must be to adjust to a completely new way of living, the Chicago Welcomes You project was inspired to help out using their art and design skills to create educational materials specifically for these refugees.Click here to find out more about this project.

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