This is Hamadi. He’s from Somalia. One of the countries from which we no longer accept refugees – a reality further cemented by a Supreme Court ruling a few days ago.
He’s lived in the United States for 15 years and is now a citizen. Over 12 years ago he started working as a leader in the Somali Bantu community at DeLaney Community Farm. After that program ended, he continued to visit the farm week after week as a volunteer, and lovingly refers to the land as “his farm”.
He now serves as a Community Farmer, one of our paid staff. Pictured below, he and our Farm Director Heather deliver organically-grown vegetables and herbs to our restaurant partners around Denver.
He smiles, laughs, and hi fives his teammates. His pride in his work, his care for others, his joy for life are all palpable. His story is but one example of how refugees are contributing their talents to make Colorado stronger.
This reality is ignored when we let fear rule supreme.
As with all the past travel bans, we speak to you today in opposition of these hurtful and fear-based policies. We are saddened by the message we send to the world, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters, and our abandonment of men, women and children fleeing danger in their greatest time of need.
The refugee crisis is not going away. We ask you to continue to support your refugee neighbors – those doing everything they can to survive and protect their families. Lend a hand or a smile. Show them they are welcome here.
And if a donation to support our work is within your means, you can easily do so below.
– Your friends at Project Worthmore