Transportation and a Home
This week I have been working on two interesting projects. Peng Len Thakbal and his family desire to buy a home. They have initiated pre-approval from the bank and hope to make an offer on a home from a member of our church next week. Roger Richardson has been a great help in this process. The Thakbals are also anticipating the wedding of their daughter, Frosintina, to Rosen on June 25 in Rockville, Maryland.
Also the CPAS concerts have funded the Refugee Welcome Network. The current project of the network is to provide transportation for five High Point fathers to and from Lumberton, NC (260 miles round trip) each week. Saw Ler Phaw is on the fast track to get his drivers license. We hope to provide him with training for two hours a day this next week. We have obtained a Voyager van which will allow these fathers, who work for Mountaire Chicken to be home each weekend instead of just every other weekend for only 30 hours. Savy will spend some time in Lumberton teaching Saw Ler Paw to drive.
This van will be very helpful in Lumberton as well. Some of the men have tried to ride their bikes to work (instead of company provided buses) and it is very dangerous. A Karenni man who had moved from Texas to Lumberton was struck by a car and after a period of hospitalization succumbed to the sustained injuries several weeks ago. A second man also was killed in a bicycle accident. More drivers are needed to transport some 250 Burmese throughout Lumberton in a safe fashion.