Amaanah Lions soccer players rarely miss practice. They are in first place in the Universal Soccer League. However, their goals are bigger than any pitch they play on. “Everyone who comes here has lost something and lost something significant,” said Richard Spragg, a volunteer who runs the program for Amannah Refugee Services in Houston.
Jan. 3, 2019 was a historic moment for the United States. The tired eyes of a frantic but hopeful nation were on the newly elected congressional representatives, one of whom was the first Muslim refugee ever elected to Congress: Ilhan Omar. The night before, Omar tweeted, “23 years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington, D.C. Today, we return to that same airport on the eve of my swearing in as the first Somali-American in Congress.”
Devin Sanders, program coordinator for Amaanah Refugee Services, lauded a recent initiative by Lone Star College-CyFair professors and students to place mini libraries at four Houston ISD schools. “Working as a service provider within the school districts in Houston has allowed me to see the need for more books for our students,” Sanders said. “These mini-libraries will provide our students with the opportunity to read and have access to books at any time.”