Education and Integration At the Hope Education Project, we recognize our responsibility to facilitate access to resources for underserved communities, specifically those with a significant language barrier. It takes a lot for an immigrant to get here and the least we can do is be good hosts!
So, we created the Buddy Program in which high school students and their teacher serve as Buddies to Syrian refugee families in Clarkston. Through this program, we will support english language development and build relationships between the Atlanta area community and the refugees in Clarkston. We know that our project will be a success because our co-founder, Heval Kelli, was a Syrian refugee back in 2001 who received the same kind of assistance that the Family Buddy Project will provide. His then “Buddies” were a man and his daughter who simply wanted to help him and his brother learn English. Today, Heval is a cardiology fellow at Emory University. His story and that of others in his situation are proof of just how effective a partnership between host society members and refugees can be.