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Afghanistan

ARTICLES/LINKS

Afghanistan/history-geography
Excellent article which provides a good overview of all aspects of the country and its citizens.

Afghanistan War/History, Facts, Timeline
Long, extremely detailed article. Current to 2014.

Culture of Afghanistan-history, people, clothing, women, beliefs, food...

LOCAL RESOURCES

Muslim Educational Trust (MET)
10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, Oregon 97223 | Facebook
MET's mission is to enrich the public's understanding of Islam and to dispel common myths and stereotypes, while serving the Muslim community's educational, social and spiritual needs.

Portland Refugee Support Group (PRSG)
Facebook
PRSG has a team of 200 volunteers that work with close to 50 (and growing) families to make sure their needs are met in all areas (education, employment, housing, legal, social, etc.).

Afghanistan

Embassy of Afghanistan 

2341 Wyoming Avenue., NW. 
Washington, DC 20008
202-483-6410
Fax: 202-483-6488

Consulate Address:
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suite #216.,
Washington, DC 20007
202-298-9125


Bhutan

ARTICLES/LINKS

Bhutan/history-geography
Excellent article which provides a good overview of all aspects of the country and it's citizens. 

Nepali Speaking Bhutanese (Lhotsampa) Cultural Profile
This article has many helpful tips. It includes a number of of helpful links.

Bhutanese Refugees-Wikipedia
Excellent description of the political situation that led to the Bhutanese refugee crisis.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Nepali Association of Oregon
PO Box 7052, Beaverton, OR 97007 | info@nepaloregon.org
The purpose of Nepali Association of Oregon is to strengthen and preserve Nepali cultural heritage and a social bonding among the members of the Nepali community in Oregon and South West Washington through a strong network of support, and to collectively work for the welfare of the people in Nepal.

Oregon Bhutanese Community Organization
10301 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220 | 971-331-1271 | obcoinoregon@gmail.com
OBCO is committed to providing essential services to the Bhutanese refugee community of Portland.

MercyCorps Northwest
43 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204 | 503-896-5070
MercyCorps has the Refugee Gardens program which provides land and supplies to people from Myanmar and Bhutan. They help connect growers to farmers markets.

Bhutan

 

 

CONSULATE ADDRESS:
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 525, NW Washington, DC 20037
202-841-8656
202-293-9211


Burma

ARTICLES/LINKS

Myanmar-Cultural life/ history-geography
Excellent article which provides a good overview of all aspects of the country and it's citizens.

Refugees from Burma
Be sure and open the pdf Refugees from Burma-Background and Experience. It provides detailed information on the three main ethnic groups that comprise the majority of refugees that have immigrated to the USA. It discusses the specific aspects of American culture that these refugees will likely need help with.

What Forces Are Fueling Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis?

LOCAL RESOURCES

Burmese Community Organization
16116 SE Mill St, Portland, OR 97233 | 503-762-7560

Zomi Association of United States
PO Box 301551, Portland, OR 97294 | 503-762-7560
The Zomi Association of USA works for and amongst Zomi immigrants and refugees throughout USA to lend a hand in getting them back to normal lives.

MercyCorps Northwest
43 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204 | 503-896-5070
MercyCorps has a Refugee Gardens program that provides land and supplies to people from Myanmar and Bhutan, helps connect growers to farmers markets.

Oregon Myanmar Christian Church
2728 NE 34th Ave., Portland, OR 97212

City Bible Church-Burmese Campus
9200 NE Fremont Street, Portland, OR 97220 | 503-325-5222

The Karen Women of Portland
Contact the Pathways coordinator to learn how Pathways may benefit you! 503-231-7480, ext.663
It is a part of the pathways to wellness program- a new way of finding depression, anxiety and traumatic stress in refugees and connecting at the risk individuals to the care they need to heal. Pathways provide s training for mental health providers to effectively deliver services to refugee populations.

Burma

Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Washington D.C.

2300 S St NW, Washington, DC, USA 20008
pyi.thayer@verizon.net
202-332-4351

Visa & passport inquiries:
202-332-4352 or
202-238-9332
mewdcusa@yahoo.com


Central African Republic

Central African Republic/Culture, History, & People
This article gives you a good picture of important aspects of the country such as land, people, economy, government & society, cultural life and history. In addition, it provides information on the ongoing conflict. It is current up to 2016.

Displaced CAR residents fear new wave of violence
Numerous pictures that give a sense of the country, conflict and people. Stories that help illuminate the impact on individuals in this war torn country.

Central African Republic Profile-Timeline
This article includes a chronology of important events that have occurred in the conflict. It is current through January 2018.

LOCAL ETHNIC RESOURCES

Africa House (IRCO)
631 NE 102nd, Portland, OR 97230
Provides a "one-stop" family-focused service center with the goal of raising the visibility of the African community, highlighting community achievements, and helping the community and families achieve self-sufficiency and self determination.

African Women's Coalition
4815 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 | 617-650-1806
Seeks to create a shared dynamic vision for Portland's African refugee community and develop a plan to address community problems, based on cultural, civic and socio-economic values.

African Youth Community Organization (AYCO)
1390 SE 122nd Ave, Ste UE, Portland, OR 97233 | 971-254-8916 | Facebook
AYCO focuses on empowering young members of the African immigrant and refugee community to become tomorrow's leaders. The AYCO center is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9-5pm. The center is a one-stop-shop, offering a place for new refugees and immigrants to access various services that meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of this community, including ethnic and gender support, professional social services, and community based services.

Center for African Immigrants and Refugees of Oregon
13909 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97233 | 503-902-8351
CAIRO is a statewide agency that engages, educates and empowers the
over 30,000 Oregon African Immigrants. A new program is the CAIRO
Academy which launched their first preschool class in 2017.

Central African Republic

Embassy of the Central African Republic in Washington, D.C.
2704 Ontario Road NW,
Washington, DC 20009
202-483-7800

Ambassador:
Stanlislas Moussa-Kembe


Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo/Culture, History & People
Excellent article which covers a wide range of topics and will provide a good overview of all aspects of the country and its citizens.

LOCAL ETHNIC RESOURCES

African Women's Coalition
4815 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97221 | 617-650-1806
Seeks to create a shared dynamic vision for Portland's African refugee community and develop a plan to address community problems, based on cultural, civic and socio-economic values.

Africa House (IRCO)
631 NE 102nd, Portland, OR 97230
Provides a "one-stop" family-focused service center with the goal of raising the visibility of the African community, highlighting community achievements, and helping the community and families achieve self-sufficiency and self determination.

African Youth Community Organization (AYCO)
1390 SE 122nd Ave, Ste UE, Portland, OR 97233 | 971-254-8916 | Facebook
AYCO focuses on empowering young members of the African immigrant and refugee community to become tomorrow's leaders. The AYCO center is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9-5pm. The center is a one-stop-shop, offering a place for new refugees and immigrants to access various services that meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of this community, including ethnic and gender support, professional social services, and community based services.

Center for African Immigrants and Refugees of Oregon (CAIRO)
13909 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97233 | 503-902-8351
CAIRO is a statewide agency that engages, educates and empowers the over 30,000 Oregon African immigrants and refugees. A new program is the CAIRO Academy which launched their first preschool class in 2017.

Harambee Centre
P.O. Box 6617 Portland, OR97228-6617 | 503-819-4039
To inform, educate and enlighten people in the community about the cultures of the societies of Africa; to build the bonds of understanding, respect, and mutually beneficial relationships between people in the Pacific Northwest and people in Africa; and to support self-help projects in African communities.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Embassy
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 725
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-234-7690
Fax: 202-234-2609 or 202-223-3377

ambassade@ambardcusa.org
Francois Balumuene, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Iran

Iran-People/history-geography
Excellent article which provides a good overview of all aspects of the ountry and it's citizens.

Culture of Iran- history, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs...
Very detailed presentation of a multitude of topics such as political history, gender roles, etiquette and the institution of marriage.

LOCAL ETHNIC RESOURCES

Andisheh Center
1949 SW Park Ave, Portland OR 97201 | 503-862-8362
The Andisheh Center's mission is to celebrate and promote Iranian culture, heritage and arts and to serve as a bridge to the broader community. Hosts frequent cultural celebrations. Organizes Annual Iranian festival.

Iranian Women Association of Oregon (IWAO)
IWAO does not have any political or religious affiliation. IWAO seeks to support Iranian-American women in Oregon and Washington in order to promote and preserve the Iranian heritage, language, customs and culture in the community and among families.

Iranian Student Association of Portland (ISAP)
isap@pdx.edu | Facebook
ISAP hosts various events that celebrate the Iranian culture and historical holidays. They also organize group outings, sporting events, day hikes and viewing parties for various Iranian movies.

Iran

Embassy of Pakistan
Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran
1250 23rd St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 965-4990
fax (202) 965-1073, (202) 965-4990


Iraq


Iraq/history-geography
Excellent article which covers a wide range of topics and will provide a good overview of all aspects of the country and its citizens.

Cultural Atlas-Iraqi Culture-Family
Excellent source of specific behavioral tips for interacting with Iraqis.

LOCAL ETHNIC RESOURCES

Iraqi Society of Oregon
12625 SW Broadway St. Suite 200, Beaverton, OR | Facebook
info@iqsor.org

Their Facebook page is in Arabic with English translations so refugees can read it themselves. The Iraqi Society of Oregon is an intercultural, interfaith common meeting ground of the Iraqi people, whether immigrants, refugees, or natural citizens of the United States. The organization functions as a bridge in-between this community of Oregon and of USA, while facilitating the development and promotion of the quality of life, values and culture of the community members.

Muslim Educational Trust (MET)
10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, Oregon 97223 | Facebook
MET's mission is to enrich the public's understanding of Islam and to dispel common myths and stereotypes, while serving the Muslim community's educational, social and spiritual needs.

Portland Refugee Support Group
Facebook
Founded by a group of Muslim women in response to the refugee crisis, PRSG has numerous individuals with understanding of the Muslim culture and are directly involved in all aspects of supporting refugee families in their integration to this country.

Islamic dietary laws- Wikipedia

Iraq

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
3421 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-742-1600
202-333-1129


Somalia

Somalia/history-geography
Excellent article to get a feel for all aspects of the country and the people.

Culture of Somalia-history, people, women, beliefs, customs...
Very detailed description of a wide range of subjects such as the importance of clans in this culture, food in daily life, gender roles, status and etiquette and much, much more.

Somali Cultural Profile
Discusses such things as how Somalis are given their names. Be sure and open the pdf in the article for advice on how to help Somalis adjust to some important specific cultural differences.

Hope for Health PDX
1320 SE 122nd Ave Portland, OR 97233 | 503-750-1290|info@hopeforhealthpdx.org
Hope for health envision resilient and empowered refugees and immigrants in Oregon through activities and programs that serves to promote: Community health care and community health education. Hope for Health PDX primarily focused on Somalians. However, they will seek to locate interpreter for others.
Culture of Somalia-Wikipedia
Under customs and Courtesies discusses which normal, everyday American nonverbal expressions, Somalis find offensive.

PORTLAND ETHNIC RESOURCES

African Women's Coalition
4815 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 | 617-650-1806
Seeks to create a shared dynamic vision for Portland's African refugee community and develop a plan to address community problems, based on cultural, civic and socio-economic values.

Africa House (IRCO)
631 NE 102nd, Portland, OR 97230
Provides a "one-stop" family-focused service center with the goal of raising the visibility of the African community, highlighting community achievements, and helping the community and families achieve self-sufficiency and self determination.

African Youth Community Organization (AYCO)
1390 SE 122nd Ave, Ste UE, Portland, OR 97233 | 971-254-8916 | Facebook
AYCO focuses on empowering young members of the African immigrant and refugee community to become tomorrow's leaders. The AYCO center is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9-5pm. The center is a one-stop-shop, offering a place for new refugees and immigrants to access various services that meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of this community, including ethnic and gender support, professional social services, and community based services.

Center for African Immigrants and Refugees of Oregon (CAIRO)
13909 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97233 | 503-902-8351
CAIRO is a statewide agency that engages, educates and empowers the over 30,000 Oregon African immigrants and refugees. A new program is the CAIRO Academy which launched their first preschool class in 2017.

Harambee Centre
P.O. Box 6617 Portland, OR 97228
To inform, educate and enlighten people in the community about the cultures of the societies of Africa; to build the bonds of understanding, respect, and mutually beneficial relationships between people in the Pacific Northwest and people in Africa; and to support self-help projects in African communities.

Oregon Somali Family Education
2032 SW Merlo Ct, Beaverton, OR 97006 | 503-662-1039 | sfec1@yahoo.com
The mission of OSFEC is to provide and promote culturally relevant services to Somali families to improve the quality of their lives and provide a smooth transition to their new lives as citizens of the U.S. OSFEC provides Job Assistance, Interpretation and Translations, Youth Programs, Wellness and Nutrition Programs, Legal and Civic representation and ongoing support.

Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO)
11918 SE Division St #377, Portland, OR 97266 | 971-266-0919 | Facebook
SACOO aspires to be the umbrella organization for all Somalian Organizations in Portland.

Somali Bantu Citizen Group of Oregon
109 NE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97230 | somalibantuc@yahoo.com
Hassan Ali: 503-969-6658, Hassan Hamadi 971-777-9875
Languages: Somali, Swahili, Maay Maay

The mission of the Somali Bantu citizen Group of Oregon is to facilitate the resettlement of the Somali Bantu Community in the United States, by providing programs for education, culture, and economic opportunity in order to promote self-sufficiency within the community. See website for extensive list of services. Bantus are the descendants of six African tribes in East Africa. They are not native Somalis. Their ancestors were taken from their native lands by Arab slave traders in the 18th and 19th.

99% of Somalians are Muslim. The following article explains the dietary practices they follow. The foods they find acceptable can be found on our learning resources under "food - halaal". Islamic dietary laws- Wikipedia https://en-wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_dietary_laws

Somalia

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Somalia
1705 DeSales St NW Ste 300
Washington DC 20036-4421
202-296-0570, 202-833-1523
Fax: 202-478-0228
info@somaliembassydc.net


South Sudan

South Sudan/history-geography

The Conflict in South Sudan Explained-Vox
Relatively quick, easy to read explanation of the ongoing crisis.

South Sudanese Civil War-Wikipedia
Very detailed article for those who want to take a deeper dive.

Quick Facts: What you need to know about the South Sudan Crisis
Updated November 2017
The focus of this article is on the humanitarian crisis. There is much more focus on what has happened to the people, including where they have fled to, the food crisis, and the experience of refugees in the camp.

LOCAL ETHNIC RESOURCES

Africa House (IRCO)
631 NE 102nd, Portland, OR 97230
Provides a "one-stop" family-focused service center with the goal of raising the visibility of the African community, highlighting community achievements, and helping the community and families achieve self-sufficiency and self determination.

AFRICAN WOMEN'S COALITION
1125 SE Madison, Suite 210, Portland, OR 97214
Seeks to create a shared dynamic vision for Portland's African refugee community and develop a plan to address community problems, based on cultural, civic and socio-economic values.

African Youth Community Organization (AYCO)
1390 SE 122nd Ave, Ste UE, Portland, OR 97233 | 971-254-8916 | Facebook
AYCO focuses on empowering young members of the African immigrant and refugee community to become tomorrow's leaders. The AYCO center is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9-5pm. The center is a one-stop-shop, offering a place for new refugees and immigrants to access various services that meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of this community, including ethnic and gender support, professional social services, and community based services.

Center for African Immigrants and Refugees of Oregon (CAIRO)
13909 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97233 | 503-902-8351
CAIRO is a statewide agency that engages, educates and empowers the over 30,000 Oregon African immigrants and refugees. A new program is the CAIRO Academy which launched their first preschool class in 2017.

HARAMBEE CENTRE
P.O. Box 6617 Portland, OR 97228
To inform, educate and enlighten people in the community about the cultures of the societies of Africa; to build bonds of understanding, respect, and mutually beneficial relationships between people in the Pacific Northwest and people in Africa; and to support self-help projects in African communities.

OBO ADDY LEGACY PROJECT
(Homowo African Arts & Cultures)

7725 N Fowler Ave. Portland, OR 97217
Homowo seeks to bring African Arts and Culture to Oregon, by enhancing an understanding of African arts and cultural traditions, promoting and maintaing multi-generational interaction and community involvement.

South Sudan

 

Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan
1015 31st Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20007
Tel: 202-293-7940
Fax: 202-293-7941

For general inquiries: info@erssdc.org
For inquiries related to visa, Nationality Certificate, Passport, etc.:
consularofficedc@gmail.com


Sudan

South Sudan/history-geography

Africa House (IRCO)
631 NE 102nd, Portland, OR 97230
Provides a "one-stop" family-focused service center with the goal of raising the visibility of the African community, highlighting community achievements, and helping the community and families achieve self-sufficiency and self determination.

African Youth Community Organization (AYCO)
1390 SE 122nd Ave, Ste UE, Portland, OR 97233 | 971-254-8916 | Facebook
AYCO focuses on empowering young members of the African immigrant and refugee community to become tomorrow's leaders. The AYCO center is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9-5pm. The center is a one-stop-shop, offering a place for new refugees and immigrants to access various services that meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of this community, including ethnic and gender support, professional social services, and community based services.

Center for African Immigrants and Refugees of Oregon (CAIRO)
13909 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97233 | 503-902-8351
CAIRO is a statewide agency that engages, educates and empowers the over 30,000 Oregon African immigrants and refugees. A new program is the CAIRO Academy which launched their first preschool class in 2017.

HARAMBEE CENTRE
P.O. Box 6617 Portland, OR 97228
Harambee Centre's mission is to inform, educate and enlighten people in the community about the cultures of the societies of Africa; to build bonds of understanding, respect, and mutually beneficials between people in the Pacific Northwest and people in Africa; and to support-self projects in African communities.

OBO ADDY LEGACY PROJECT
(Homowo African Arts & Culture)
7725 N Fowler Ave. Portland, OR 97217
Homowo seeks to bring African Arts and Culture to Oregon, by enhancing an understanding of African arts and cultural traditions, promoting and maintaining multi-generational interaction and community involvement.

Sudan

Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan
2210 Massachusetts Ave
Washington DC, 20008

202-338-8565
Fax: 202-667-2406
info@sudanembassy.org


Syria

ARTICLES/LINKS

Syria-Daily life and social customs/history-geography
An excellent article which provides a good overview of all aspects of he country and it's citizens.

Syrian Civil War-Wikipedia
Incredibly detailed, up to date description of the conflict in Syria.

Culture of Syria-history, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs
Excellent, detailed article about Syrian culture.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Portland Refugee Support Group
Founded by a group of Muslim women in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, PRSG has numerous individuals who are familiar with Syrian culture and are directly involved in all aspects of supporting these families in their integration into the US.

Muslim Educational Trust (MET)
MET's mission is to enrich the public's understanding of Islam and to dispell common myths and stereotypes, while serving the Muslim community's educational, social and spiritual needs. MET hosts many activities and events for the refugees.

Syria

There is no Syrian embassy in the U.S.


Ukraine

ARTICLES/LINKS

Ukraine/History, Geography, People & Language-Cultural life...

Ukraine's war: Everything to know about how we got here-CNN
Article includes 12 short videos which graphically illustrate how this conflict has unfolded. The article spans November 2013 to February 2017

LOCAL RESOURCES

Ukrainian American Cultural Association
This non profit organizes cultural and fundraising events with the aim to unite Ukrainians in the Portland Metropolitan Area, strengthen the local Ukrainian community and provide assistance and support to Ukraine.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
St. John the Baptist Parish, 8014 SE 16th Ave | 503-235-7129 | stjohnsuoc_AT_gmail.com
Clergy: Rev. Andriy Matlak

Ukrainian Federal Credit Union
11050 Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97266 | 503-774-1444

RUSSIAN RESOURCES (29.6% of Ukrainians speak Russian)

Russian Radio 7 1010 AM
5110 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215 | 503-236-1385

Russian Oregon Social Services
7913 NE Halsey St., Suite 304, Portland, OR 97213 | 503-777-3437 | fax: 503-777-6545 | ross@emoregon.org
More than 100,000 Russian speaking refugees and immigrants from the former Soviet Union currently reside in the Portland Metro Area. ROSS's mission is to successfully integrate Russian-speaking immigrants and refugees into Oregon and southwest Washington communities. They are the only agency that works exclusively with the Russian-speaking population in the Portland Metro Area. The services offered by ROSS include Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services, Community orientation and cross-cultural education, ESL classes and tutoring, culturally-appropriate health education, information and referrals.

Slavic Family Media Center
17231 SE Division St, Portland, Oregon 97236 | 971-319-1130 | @slavicfamily

Oregon Driver Manual in Russian

Ukraine

Embassy of Ukraine, Washington D.C.
3350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
202-349-2963
emb_us@mfa.gov.ua

Ambassador:
Valeriy Chaly