The GRC implements presentations about American cultural norms, values and ideals to aid in refugees’ integration to America.
The GRC actively engages in preservation of home cultures by celebrating local traditions, cuisine.
The GRC also educates Greeley and Weld County about refugees’ diversity, life experiences, and cultures as part of our community outreach initiative.
GRC serves refugees from over 30 different countries! Read through the list of countries and learn about where Greeley’s newcomers are from!
Bangladesh is a South Asian country bordered by India and Burma. It's capital is Dhaka.
Benin is a French speaking country in West Africa. It's capital is Porto Novo.
Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, is located in southeast Asia,
in between Bangladesh and Thailand. Burma is the second largest country in
southeast Asia and has a population of over 60 million people. Burma has a
tropical monsoon climate, and one third of its total perimeter creates a coastline
along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
Officially a presidential republic, Burma has a civilian president and two vice
presidents, but it is ruled by military leaders. In 2010, the first general election in
20 years was held.
Close to 90% of Burma's population practices Buddhism, and it is very difficult
for non-Buddhists to join the military or obtain government jobs, especially
for the 8% of the population that is made up of about half Muslims and half
Burmese is the official language, but minority ethnic groups have their own
Although no official census has been taken since 1983, about 54 million people
are estimated to live in Burma, and about 90% of the population age 15 and over
Rice has been grown in Burma since about 1500 BCE, and continues to be a
major agricultural export of the country today. In 2008, around 50 million tons
of rice were produced in Burma. Seafood is also commonly eaten in Burma, due
to its close proximity to large bodies of water. Burmese people eat with their
right hand, and often use it to scoop food, along with chopsticks and spoons for
noodles. Beverages are not typically consumed during a meal, but at other times,
green tea is popular. Many Buddhists do not eat beef, as the cow is considered a
beast of burden.
Burundi is located in Central Africa and is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Rwanda. It's capital is Bujumbura.
The Global Refugee Center has several volunteers who hail from Canada, USA's neighbor to the north. While no refugees come from Canada, we represent everyone on the GRC's team! Canada's capital is Ottawa.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa and is located in Central Africa. It's capital is Kinshasa.
Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa and is bordered by the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, as well as Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Djibouti is primarily is stony semi-desert, with a dry climate. It is a small country, with an area slightly smaller than that of Massachusetts. Djibouti has a republican government that was established in 1977 after gaining independence from France. Islam is the major religion in Djibouti, with 94% of the population practicing, and the remaining 6% is primarily Christian. Islam is named as the sole state religion; most Christians are foreign-born. Around 900,000 people live in Djibouti, making it one of the least populous countries in Africa. The population is young - the median age is 21.8 years. Over three-fourths of the populations lives in the capital city and most of the remaining one-fourth of the population lives as nomadic herders. Thus, most of Djibouti's food must be imported. Products from the nomadic herders, such as meat, are common foods available in Djibouti. French and Arabic cuisine have also had a large influence in the diets of Djiboutians.
El Salvador is a Central American country bordered by Honduras and Guatemala. It's capital is San Salvador.
Eritrea is a small country located above Ethiopia and next to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. It's capital is Asmara.
Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa and is bordered by Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. It's capital is Addis Ababa.
Honduras is a Central African country bordered by El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. It's capital is Tegucigalpa.
Kenya is a country in the Horn of Africa. It's capital is Nairobi.
Libya is a North African nation bordered by Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia. It's capital is Tripoli.
Mexico is the USA's neighbor to the south. It's capital is Mexico City.
Morocco is a North African nation bordered by Algeria and Mauritania. It's capital is Rabat.
Russia is the largest country in the world and is located in Eastern Europe. It's capital is Moscow.
Rwanda is located in Central Africa and is bordered by Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania. It's capital is Kigali.
Somalia is located in east Africa, on what is sometimes called the Horn of Africa or the Somali Peninsula. It is approximately the size of the U.S. state of Texas. Somalia is north of the equator, but the climate is typically hot year round, with a monsoon season December - February. One little known fact is that Somalia has the longest coastline on the continent of Africa. Currently, Somalia does not have a permanent central government. In 1991, the Somali Civil War began, and continues to this day. Many Somalis are Muslim, and the majority belong to the Sunni branch of Islam. The official language of Somalia is Somali, which did not become a written language until 1973. Other languages spoken in Somalia include Arabic, Italian, and English. As of 2011, an estimated 9.5 million people lived in Somalia. Somalia has a very young population; the median age is 17.7 years, and 44% of the population is between the ages of 0-14. All food served in Somalia is halal, which designates things that are permissible under Islamic law. For example, Somalis do not eat pork or drink alcohol. Camel is a major food, and the animal is used for both its milk and its meat. Many Somalis commonly eat with their hands, using their right hand to scoop food, as the left hand is considered unclean.
South Sudan is located in East-Central Africa, and is a landlocked country with an equatorial, or tropical climate. Both Sudan and South Sudan were a part of Egypt until 1956. Decades of civil war between the Muslim and Arab north and Christian and Animist south resulted in South Sudan becoming an autonomous region in 2005. Six years later, South Sudan achieved independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011. South Sudan now has a republic form of government, with an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. Animist and Christianity are the dominant religions practice by South Sudanese people, and many adhere to a mixture of both animism and Christianity. The official language is English, although Arabic and regional languages such as Dinka, Nuer, Bari, Zande, and Shilluk are often spoken as well. An estimated 10 million people live in South Sudan. Only 2% of the population is 65 and older, and about 27% of the population age 15 and older is literate. As in Sudan, kisra, a pancake-like bread made from sorghum flour, is a staple. Meat is often served in a peanut sauce, and arabic stewed beans are common as well.
Sudan, which is officially known as the Republic of Sudan, is located in eastern North Africa, and often considered a part of the Middle East. Sudan is the third largest country in Africa, and is slightly less than a quarter of the size of the continental United States. Sudan's government is a constitutional democracy, with an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. Omar al-Bashir has been the president since 1993. The Arab culture is dominant in Sudan, and the majority of Sudan's population practices Islam. The most common languages spoken in Sudan are Sudanese Arabic and tribal languages, although its official languages are Arabic and English. As of 2011, approximately 33 million people lived in Sudan, 49% of which lived in urban areas. Sudan is known for its simple cuisine, which is dominated by porridge, stew, and products made from wheat. A main staple of Sudanese cuisine is Kissra, which is a type of bread made from corn and is a main dish throughout the country.
Tanzania is located in Central Africa. It's capital is Dar Es Salaam.
Uganda is located in East-Central Africa and is approximately the size of the U.S. state of Oregon. The climate is tropical, and has two dry seasons each year. Uganda is located in the basin of the Nile River, and although it is landlocked, it has many large lakes, making it a very fertile and well-watered country. Uganda has a republican form of government and received its independence from the UK in 1964. A president, who is both the head of state and head of government, leads the executive branch, alongside the judicial and legislative branches. About 85% of Ugandans are Christian, half of whom are Protestant and half of whom are Catholic. Muslims make up 12% of the population as well. English and Swahili are the official languages of Uganda, with Luganda and other local languages being spoken as well. Around 35 million people live in Uganda.
Zimbabwe is a country in Southern Africa and is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zambia. It's capital is Harare.