June 20, 2022 at 4:00pm - 7pm

Honoring the local Refugees and Immigrants in Iowa

Please join the African Community Institute (ACI) in celebrating World Refugee Day on June 20th, 2022, from 4: 00 PM to 6: 30 PM.  We are inviting all of you to honor the local refugee and immigrant communities in Iowa together. The event will be held at the Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny. The physical location address is 1250 SW District DR. Ankeny Iowa 50023. 

We will share storytelling from the refugees and immigrants who have lived and worked in Iowa. The ACI will issue horning certificates to reward individuals and businesses that have served the refugees and immigrants in Iowa. We will enjoy sharing a varsity of cultural foods from the refugees and immigrant communities and will have key speakers from local officials. 

The day programs outlines

(A)Opening the event-Dhoal Larjin, ACI president

Increase refugee fundings

  • We advocate for the local and federal government to increase funding for refugees
  • We support refugees enrolling in ESL, Citizenship, driving skills, and mental health

Building Refugee and Immigrant Center in Iowa

  • We appeal for donations to build refugees and Immigrant centers in Iowa

Elected Officials 

  • We encourage elected officials to sign determination refugee number

(B) Key and Guest Speaker

Pastor Bob Kem Retired Senior pastor of St Anne’s Episcopal Church of Ankeny

Mary Oliver-Mary work at the Iowa Homeless shelter with individuals who have challenges.

(C) Storytelling from the refugees and Immigrants

  • Dukan Diew a businesswoman who owns a grocery store and runs a nonprofit organization
  • Ibrahim Ismail owns a tax business in Des Moines original from Somalia
  • Salah Mohamed owns a grocery store in Des Moines originally from Somalia
  • Bereket Gebreselase works in Meat Company in Iowa originally from Eritrea
  • Rose Kurgat works in a group home for 20 years original from Kenya and others

Traditional Foods

Afghanistan, Congolese, Eritrea, Ethiopian, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Sudanese, South Sudan

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Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library
1250 SW District Dr
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States
Map and directions
Dhoal Larjin · 5153225661