IHI Residents Share Their Stories
Desire
Desire
Desire
Desire is a 9-year-old boy who moved into IHI housing with his mother and four siblings almost two years ago. He spent his first seven years in a Burundi refugee camp in Kenya, and shortly after the family moved to the United States his family became homeless due to domestic violence. Desire and his siblings are bright, curious, and eager to learn. Two years ago, they spoke almost no English and were struggling in a school without the resources to meet their needs. This fall, after participating in Innovative Futures, they began school with a solid grasp of English. Through Innovative Futures, IHI staff began communicating regularly with teachers, made visits to the school and provided targeted services such as tutoring and mentoring. Though three of the five siblings are still behind in their grade levels, they are catching up fast and have the supports they need to succeed at school. The youngest two children are now performing at grade level after receiving solid academic preparation in IHI's summer program. Desire's mother, diligent in her ESL studies and working hard to master the English language, is very committed to her children's education. Using translation services available through Innovative Futures, she attends school orientations and parent/teacher conferences. She also makes sure her children complete homework and take advantage of academic assistance and tutoring throughout the school-year and during the summer. She has her own checking and savings account and competently manages the family's finances with a strong focus on savings.