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On this page you will find educational resources surrounding local, national, and global topics of refugees, immigrants, and forced displacement.


Coronavirus Resources & Information


A Round Up of Multilingual Resources– Switchboard

Resources for Refugees– CORE

Helping Refugee Clients Cope During COVID-19 Crisis– Switchboard

Coronavirus Fact Sheet– CDC

Informational Videos- Erie County: Arabic, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili and Ukrainian

Lancaster Resources in Swahili– CWS Lancaster

Lancaster County School Meals Round Up– Hunger Free Lancaster

Coronavirus Videos- Refugee Response: English, Pashto, Karen, Arabic, Burmese, Swahili, Russian, French, Nepali, Kinyarwanda, Spanish, Nepali, Somali, Karenni, Arakanese

Symptoms/Exposure Response Videos- Refugee Response: English, Burmese, Karen, Pashto, Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Somali, Swahili, Russian

COVID-19 Myth-Busting Videos: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Tagalog/Filipino, Farsi, Hindi, Tigrinya, Korean, Kinyarwanda, Burmese, Somali, Ukrainian, Russian, Chinese, Cantonese, Creole, Turkish, Swahili

PDF Resources

What You Need To Know About COVID-19- CDC: Spanish, Nepali, Vietnamese, Chinese, Burmese, Amharic, Tigrinya, Karen, Korean

Stop the Spread of Germs Poster- CDC: English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Amharic, Tigrinya, Karen, Dari, Swahili, Ukrainian, Farsi, Russian

Help Keep Illness from Spreading- Vermont Department of Health: English, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Kirundi, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19- IASC: English, Ukrainian, Bahasa Malay, Arabic, Spanish, German, Turkish, Danish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Burmese, Sinhala, Greek, Italian

Guidance for Large and Extended Families Living in the Same Household- CDC: Amaharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Wearing Cloth Masks- CDC: Arabic, English, French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Nepali and Spanish

Sample 14-day Temperature Log- CDC: ArabicEnglish, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai

Understanding Physical Distancing- IRC: Arabic, English, French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Nepali and Spanish

Here’s where you’ll find all of our resources (to left) and our 21-Day Challenge calendar (to right). During these tough times of virus, we are here for you! We can get through this, together. Grab your family, a friend and start today! 

Call Your Members of Congress

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and I urge you to protect refugees and rebuild the U.S. refugee resettlement program by cosponsoring the GRACE Act (S.1088/H.R.2146). The GRACE Act would restore the refugee resettlement program to the historic average of 95,000 since the program’s inception in 1980 and hold the administration accountable to operating the refugee resettlement program in good faith. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by cosponsoring the GRACE Act.”

Check out our 2018 Impact Report!

CWS Lancaster Annual Program Reports

United States Refugee Resettlement Program

Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), a coalition of 25 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

The mission of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is to provide protection, ease suffering, and resolve the plight of persecuted and uprooted people around the world on behalf of the American people by providing life-sustaining assistance, working through multilateral systems to build global partnerships, promoting best practices in humanitarian response, and ensuring that humanitarian principles are thoroughly integrated into U.S. foreign and national security policy.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the United States. Their programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society

Highlighted Resource

‘New Americans in Lancaster’

Did you know that in 2014, foreign-born residents contributed $1.3B to the GDP of Lancaster County?

Take a look at this local report to learn more!

Global Forced Displacement

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

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‘UNHCR Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2018’

Each year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees releases a new report highlighting world facts and figures. Here is the Global Trends report about Forced Displacement in 2018.

For Teachers/Educators:

In providing technical assistance and maintaining the nation’s largest online collection of resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families, BRYCS facilitates information sharing and collaboration among a diverse group of service providers, including child welfare, schools, refugee resettlement agencies, and ethnic and community-based organizations.

CAL has been a leader in refugee education and orientation since 1975. They have been helping immigrant and refugee newcomers understand fundamental aspects of life in the United States, as well as helping service providers and other interested parties understand the backgrounds, cultures, and linguistic heritage of the new members of their communities. In addition, CAL has a long history of conducting research and developing strategies for educational success for immigrants across a wide range of ages and language proficiency levels. Building on this legacy, several of CAL’s projects and resources are designed to support the implementation of  programs for immigrant students.

Highlighted Resource

‘Involving Refugee Parents in their Children’s Education’

BRYCS provides good recommendations on how to involve refugee parents in their children’s education. Take a look at their spotlight and take note of their school toolkit on their website.

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