— Kelli Czaykowsky
CLARKSON, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, October 10, 2017 () — We were all created to rely upon each other, no matter what religion, culture or skin color. To make this world a better place, we all must support each other.
As of 2017, it is estimated there are currently 65 million refugees and displaced persons in the world. These numbers represent a global refugee crisis. Through no fault of their own, these innocent people –many of them children – have been forcibly displaced from their homes to face uncertain futures.
F.R.E.E. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the refugee community in Clarkston, GA. F.R.E.E., which stands for Friends of Refugees providing Education and Empowerment, provides refugee families with the help and resources they need to become self-sufficient thriving community members.
“We believe in empowering refugees,” says founder Kelli Czaykowsky. “We aspire to provide refugee children the opportunity to receive a quality education, empowering them to achieve a bright future no longer restricted by the circumstances of economics, language or birth.”
F.R.E.E.’s mission is to alleviate hunger, provide clothing, benefit co-ordination and basic life skills training to the refugee community of Clarkston, GA by soliciting donations, collecting food, clothing, furniture for distribution through a network of agencies and programs, as well as provide opportunities for education to prepare refugees for self-sufficiency.
F.R.E.E. began in 2010 by providing parochial school tuition, busing, and school lunches for refugee children in an environment where they can get the individual attention they require.
“I didn’t know what a refugee was until seven years ago when I started a charity,” says Czaykowsky. “I love them to death now, though; I’d die for them. People ask me, “Why do you help me? Why do you care about us so much?” I just say, I’m supposed to. I mean, honestly, I’m supposed to. It’s just love. It’s a blessing.”
F.R.E.E.’s support comes from the generosity of people and partnerships for food, transportation and medical services.
“They just want the same thing that we want for our kids. They want a good future, a safe environment, a healthy upbringing. It’s all they ask for,” says Czaykowsky. “So I’m most proud of little, simple things. We’ve had kids learn how to drive, graduate, start college. We’re impacting a child’s life in a positive manner that hopefully when they’re my age they’ll be returning the favor.”
CUTV News Radio will feature Kelli Czaykowsky in an interview with Jim Masters on October 12th at 10am EDT.
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If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.
For more information on F.R.E.E., visit http://www.freerefugees.org.
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