In the United States, Alcansa works to provide job skill training to refugees so that they may become employed and self-sufficient.
We currently do this through the Hila Sewing Project in Richmond, Virginia. We host a 15-18 week class every Friday that provides refugees the English and sewing skills that are required to become employed in local companies. During our class, students practice their English speaking skills and learn garment making, tailoring and pattern making skills.
Additionally, we are working to connect refugees with other job skills training opportunities.
We are currently looking for volunteers to provide transportation to refugees on Friday mornings as well as a skilled sewing teacher. If you would like to get involved, please fill out this application.
We run a literacy class for preschool age (3-5 year olds) refugee children and their parents that teaches them to read English together. Our goal is to prepare preschoolers to start school and equip their parents to continue their learning at home outside the classroom.
All of our work is made possible by the generosity and support of communities and individuals around the world. It costs $1,050 each month to run our job skill training program. Donate here to support our work. We also accept donations of clothing or household items to distribute to refugees in the Richmond area.
In Richmond we partner with ReEstablish Richmond, International Rescue Committee, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, First Baptist Church, Church World Service, Virginia Commonwealth University, and other volunteers for service events and regular care for refugees. Interested in partnering with us? Please contact Leah Westberry, our US Refugee Care Coordinator.