The Nations Are Coming to St. Louis...What Are We Going to do About It?
2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week
Wednesday, April 2
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 251
Sponsored By: Amnesty International, Department of Political Science
Mark Akers, the Executive Director of Oasis, will be talking briefly to explain the plight of the refugee that arrives here from a war torn situation, having lost their home, family members, their livelihood and their country....with many times nothing except the clothes on their back. Mark will then introduce refugees now living in Saint Louis who have been aided by Oasis, who will then, in turn, share their own personal stories of struggle and success.
Oasis is a non-profit organization that was founded in Saint Louis in 1982, and now has centers in 43 different cities, nationwide. Nationally, their focus has been on providing stimulating activities and educational opportunities for the elderly. However, the St. Louis center has taken a special interest in aiding the many impoverished immigrants who come to our city seeking refuge. They provide services such as language classes, daycare services, and the distribution of donations of furniture in order to help these individuals and families start their new lives.