English Language Programs
We have been working diligently developing ESL programs that address the specific needs of our community. We have been developing our curriculum that focuses on grammar, pronunciation and life skills for our classrooms sessions. We are currently expanding our ESL programs to include volunteer tutors, adding a language lab in our office and deploying at-home ESL services using a powerful English language learning software suite.
Currently, our ESL Program is held daily, between 5:30-7:30 PM M-F, and 10 AM-12 PM on weekends. It is designed to work in tandem with our classes for children which are held simultaneously, whereby parents are able to take part in English lessons while their children have cultural, language and religion classes.
We are proud to announce our partnership with Dynamic Education (DynEd), who’s flagship English software will allow our ESL program to grow to new levels. We already have experience using, administrating and deploying this this powerful software which will allow us to assess a student’s progress and certify their English language levels and customize each individual’s unique pathway to learning. The data drives software uses a multi-modal approach that is comprehensive, fluid and gamified in its design.
The courses can facilitate any level of English language learner and can be used on iPhone/Android, PC/Mac devices to complete courses. We intend to deploy this product using a work-from-home, family-centric model that will provide access of quality ESL courses to a much larger segment of the community, while also offering access to the courseware and extension activities at our office.
Founding partners Anuwar Kasim and Hamid Musa Ali have been providing interpretation and translation services for over a decade. This trend has continued since their arrival in Milwaukee in 2015 and 2016 where both men became certified medical interpreters. They provide a variety of interpretation services to Burmese and Rohingya resettled refugee community here in Milwaukee. including; applications, appointments and other bureaucratic work, correspondence and other day-to-day needs. Since the founding of our organization, we are actively seeking to build relationships with other qualified interpreters as their is still, and likely will be, a great need for their services for some time to come.
We accept many kinds of donations including culturally appropriate food, household items, school supplies, office supplies, children’s clothing and even furniture. We actively distribute any donations we receive.
Our community leaders are very active in the community especially during holidays and religious events. Making large amounts of food to distribute within the community and holding communal gatherings are commonplace, and a very important part of our community’s activities.
During the month of Ramadan, 2018, we were able to partner with ICNA Chicago and received over 2500 lbs of culturally appropriate food and other goods which were distributed to over 75 families in need. ICNA also donated 112 backpacks for the new school year.
Home Health Care Services
BRCW is committed to providing needed services to the Burmese and Rohingya families in Milwaukee. We understand the importance of having access to quality healthcare as well as the importance of educating our community. As many of our community members have been denied access to modern healthcare systems, it creates a situation whereby our community has a lot of ground to make up in terms of how they approach healthcare here in the States.
During our formation we began working towards creating a Burmese Home Healthcare organization, and made it to the license application process. Since then, we have chosen to prioritize our programs and devoted our resources to forward educational, developmental and programs revolving around community organizing. We may return to our work creating a healthcare agency in the future, but as it stands, we have plenty of other work to do.
We accept many kinds of donations including culturally appropriate food, children’s food, children’s clothing and infant wares, household items, used computers/tablets, school supplies and even furniture. Every donation we receive goes to resettled refugee families in need.
During the month of Ramadan, 2018, we were able to partner with ICNA Chicago and received over 2500 lbs of culturally appropriate food and other goods which were distributed to over 75 families in need.