Messalonskee High School is presenting a week of programming featuring immigrants to Maine. The experiences and cultures of immigrants from African and Middle Eastern countries will be explored through personal stories, the arts, food, and books. Several events have been scheduled to which the community is invited to attend.
On Tuesday, March 27 at 11:45, three Somali immigrants residing in the communities of Lewiston and Auburn will speak. They will discuss the conditions in Somalia that compelled them to immigrate to Maine. The women will talk about what it is like to cope with life in a new country and the difficulties of adapting to a new language, climate, and customs.
On Wednesday, students can sample Lebanese food in the cafeteria during lunch. There will also be a presentation during lunch in the library. Messalonskee junior Nate Nalley will talk about his experiences as a camper at Seeds of Peace Camp. The counselors from this camp are from various countries in the Middle East.
John Nale, a Waterville resident, will give a presentation to various classes on Thursday, March 29 about his family’s experiences as immigrants from Lebanon.
Sulaiman Nasseri is a Colby student and native of Kabul, Afghanistan. He will be speaking at MHS on Friday, March 30 at 1:00. He received a Projects for Peace Grant from the Davis Foundation, entitled “Empowering Afghan Women Through Embroidery”. Through this initiative, Afghani women have received training and the start-up funds to create hand-stitched garments. The money they earn enables them to provide nourishment, clothing, shelter, and education for their families in a land often without running water, electricity, and food.
For more information please contact Paula Callan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sylvia Jadczak (email@example.com), or Christine Boisvert (firstname.lastname@example.org).