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She uses the ENGAGE Project Design Framework to design a project that fits her skills, interests and the time she has available.
She gets support, ideas and collaboration from her project group during monthly meetings and a dedicated Facebook group. She also takes a mini-course on how to be a community activist, gets to know a community of refugees and receives mentoring from a professional photographer.
Photo Stories of Refugees
Marie made a list of all the things that her neighbors were saying about refugees and found examples among her new-found refugee friends that counteracted those stereotypes.
She photographed (photography was one of Marie’s skills) refugees in their daily lives and wrote a narrative for each one. She worked hard to use examples she knew her neighbors would relate to. She opened the exhibit at her church and then traveled to all the churches in the area and spoke about her project and what she learned.
A group of religious and business leaders in the community decided to explore what it would be like to become a resettlement community for refugees. They asked Marie to lead a task force.
Marie was asked to bring her project to five more communities in her state.
Marie decided to go back to school to get a masters degree in social work.