Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Buthania and her husband are refugees form Iraq. They have 4 kids and Buthania is expecting her 5th in about 2 weeks. She is looking for a car seat and a stroller. Can anybody help? If you are able to help, please email to tucsonrefugees@gmail.com with the subject line: BUTHANIA. Thank you!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nearly 59,5 million people around the world are uprooted from their homes and communities by persecution and armed conflict. These refugees’ loss is incalculable: they may lose their home, livelihood, safety, belongings, or family. Currently, less than one percent of these refugees are resettled to a permanent home. Upon arrival, the success of these lucky families depend on the welcome they receive from their new community.  Today’s refugees are often met with indifference, bureaucratic obstacles, and suspicion. Refugees have traveled great distances under terrible circumstances and deserve to be treated with compassion.  They come seeking those same rights our forebears sought: the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Iskashitaa hopes to make this vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness a reality for Tucson’s refugees.  Please take the time to learn more about Iskashitaa. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Thank you so much for this wonderful experience working for Iskashitaa. I have learned so much during my time here this semester and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work for such an amazing organization. I have really enjoyed getting to know you and the rest of the Iskashitaa staff. You are all such kind and inspiring people, and I have genuinely enjoyed my time here. I think it is great what you all do to help the local refugees and eliminate food waste and I believe the organization is helping the community in so many ways. If you all ever need extra hands after January, I would be so happy to come back.

Once again, Thank you for this amazing opportunity."

Rachel Park

"Dear Barbara and William,

... You are both some of the one of the warmest, most generous people I have ever known. I don't even know hot to begin to thank you for all that you have done for me over the course of the past year and a half. From the moment I arrived in Tucson, you opened your arms, your home and your hearts to me I was in a new place and knew no one but I never felt lost or alone. You became my family, my Tucson parents. I want you to know how much you both mean to e and how grateful I am for everything you have done for me. There is so much I admire about each of you- you have had a huge impact of my life and have left an imprint on my heart :)

Thank you!

Lots of Iskashitaa love,



 No freedom in Sudan, No Freedom in Chad written by Leishara Ward tells the story of Adam and Dar es Salam Abubakar, Mahamoud and Khadija Isaak, Yaya Daoud and Fatima Ibrahim.  http://ow.ly/10Abw4

Monday, April 4, 2016

Iskashitaa is participating in the Arizona Gives Day ,a state-wide fundraiser for Arizona non-profits. Please help us get the word out! We are eligible for up to $15,000 in prizes for the most dollars raised by a small non-profit. 


ANY donation amount will help! We survive with your donations! Help us help refugees and prevent food waste in Tucson. 
It is today and April 5th we need your support the most! Please share, invite your friends, and donate! 
Kuntz Foundation gave us matching funds for $1000 as well so your dollars will be doubled thanks to Kuntz Foundation! 
If you donate to us or to any non profit today, then you are invited to The Rialto Theatre/Tucson, Arizona on April 5th to a big party where you will see the Run Boy Run. The party is for donors and non-profits who participated in AZ GIVES DAY campaign. It will start at 5PM. KXCI will also give-away tickets to see Adele at her sold-out concert in August.

Friday, April 1, 2016

I always found the name false which they gave us: Emigrants.
That means those who leave their country. But we
Did not leave, of our own free will
Choosing another land. Nor did we enter
Into a land, to stay there, if possible for ever.
Merely, we fled. We are driven out, banned.
Not a home, but an exile, shall the land be that took us in.
Restlessly we wait thus, as near as we can to the frontier
Awaiting the day of return, every smallest alteration
Observing beyond the boundary, zealously asking
Every arrival, forgetting nothing and giving up nothing
And also not forgiving anything which happened, forgiving nothing
Ah, the silence of the Sound does not deceive us! We hear the shrieks
From their camp even here. Yes we ourselves
Are almost like the rumors of crimes, which escaped over the frontier. Every one of us
Who with torn shoes walks through the crowd
bears witness to the shame which not defiles our land.
But none of us
Will stay here. The final word 
Is yet unspoken.
Bertolt Brecht
ISKASHITAA needs your support on AZ GIVES DAY. 
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