Dedicated TSOS team members work hard to collect refugees’ stories and to advocate on their behalf. Learn more about the work, the people and the stories! Our team is always at hand to inform, present or answer your questions.
How does a refugee move forward in a new country? How do they bridge the gaps they face that are necessary for integration into a new place? Most importantly, how do they learn the language fast enough to get a job and be productive in their communities? One ESL program in Virginia's southeast region targeting mothers and children conducts classes over Zoom, offering both language skills and a sense of community for women who are often more isolated.
In partnership with NoVa Friends of Refugees, we have provided a list of the most relevant proposals for the refugee and immigrant communities, organized by policy category, and encourage our local readers to stay updated and contact your representatives for those issues about which you feel strongly. We have found our elected officials' staff to be easy to talk to and, in our experience, responsive to our emails. The Virginia General Assembly is in session until February 27. Call or write today!
Small heart-shaped balloons purchased by a man who knew first hand the indebtedness the recipients would feel allowed receivers at a Christmas donation event to give something in return.
The Story of Our Journey recounts the journey of refugees worldwide through personal experiences of individuals interviewed by Their Story is Our Story (TSOS), and was done in collaboration with Dylan Findley, the composer, and Csaba Jevtic-Somlai, the principle clarinet in the project.
"One is a life. One is a story. One is a tragedy. One is a new start.
One is renewed hope, and one is where we begin again to put our world
On World Refugee Day - June 20, 2019, at Hellgate High School, in Missoula, Montana, 435 youth came together for a summer service-learning opportunity directed by TSOS Refugees.
Lubna and Pebble
Sharing books together is one of the quickest and most effective ways to connect with one another. By sharing in great books about refugees, our hope is that you and your children will feel a connection with their experiences and recognize that we are all more similar than we realize.
Maintaining hope in humanity can be difficult in a world filled with contention and distrust, but when four seemingly unrelated people connect by chance to result in the gifting of a car to a newcomer, goodness and brotherhood are reaffirmed.
"Entering and exiting people’s pain is so uncomfortable – by far the worst feeling about crisis work or international development..."
“When we see something wrong we must try and do something about it. Dilek is a doer. You will like her..."
Global Refugee Archive
The unique database of the stories collected by TSOS, as well as by our partner organizations, that are made available to the public, academic researchers, and humanitarians. Housed at BYU’s Harold B. Lee library, the archive is currently under construction and will be activated in April 2021. At that time, it is expected that the archive will hold hundreds of stories, with new stories added each month.
Let Me Tell You My Story
Let Me Tell You My Story is a gathering of stories collected by TSOS in hardback book format. This volume debuts personal stories of the men, women and children who, through no fault of their own, became refugees.
Heartbreaking, hopeful and unapologetically honest, these firsthand accounts highlight the resistance, resilience and grit of the human spirit, and serve as a lesson to us all about compassion and community.
Published by Familius, this 332-page Amazon best-selling hardback book features photographs by Portraitist of France 2017, Christophe Mortier and award-winning UK-based photographer, Lindsay Silsby, as well as illustrations by award-winning portraitist, Elizabeth Thayer.
The Story of Our Journey
The musical score and accompanying film amplify first-hand refugee stories through a multimedia artistic experience. Authentic audio and video interview footage provided by TSOS supports the clarinet and fixed media electronics, providing the viewer with an opportunity to reflect as refugees share details of their personal, arduous journeys from a home lost to a home found.
An educational and advocacy tool, the film project can be customized to fit the needs of academic institutions, public schools, IGOs and NGOs, and other interested parties, as well as an installation in museums or at conferences. If you are interested in hosting the film project, please contact us.