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El e me nt ar yands e c ondar ye duc a Fi onabur s t si nt ot hedi r e c t or ' sof f i c ebe ami ngwi t has mi l e f r om e art oe ar ." UNHCRagr e e dt or e s e t t l e[ anot he runac c ompani e dmi nor ]t hi smor ni ng! "ToFi ona,t heDi r e c t orof St ARS' Chi l dr e n' sEduc at i onPr ogr am,t hi si ss ome t hi ngt o s mi l eabout . As mal lpe r c e nt ageoft hes t ude nt se nr ol l e datSt .Andr e w’ s CEPpr ogr am ar eunac c ompani e dmi nor s–t y pi c al l yki ds wi t hnof ami l yorhome ,f or c e dt obandt oge t he rt os pe nd t heni ghtwhe r e v e rt he yc anandwor kj obsont opoft he i r s t udi e s .Whi l ee duc at i onf orc hi l dr e ni st henumbe ronepr i or i t yf ormos tpar e nt s ,t he s ec hi l dr e nunf or t unat e l yl ac kt he s uppor ts y s t e m ofahome .St ARSal l e v i at e st hei nc r e di bl e obs t ac l e st he s ec hi l dr e nf ac ebypay i ngf oruni f or ms ,s c hool t r ans por t at i on,andac c r e di t at i onf e e s–andofc our s epr ov i de sal lc hi l dr e nwi t ht wohotme al saday .Butt her e al i t y i st hatl i f ef ort he s ey oungCEPs t ude nt si sv e r yhar dwi t houtf ami l yands uppor t .Tomos tofus ,be i ngwi t hf ami l y ar oundt hehol i day si ss ome t hi ngt ol ookf or war dt oe ac h y e ar .Mos tofuswoul dnotl i ket oi magi newhatbe i ngal one ont he s es pe c i alday swoul df e e ll i ke .Las ty e ar ,al lt heunac c ompani e dmi nor shadadi nne rt oge t he ratFi ona' son Chr i s t masday .I twasnote xac t l yChr i s t masf ore v e r y oneat t hedi nne rasours t ude nt sar ef r om nume r ousr e l i gi ous bac kgr ounds ,buti tf e l tgoodt obet oge t he rc e l e br at i ngi n s omes e mbl anc eofaf ami l ygat he r i ng. De s pi t ehe re f f or t st oc r e at et hev e s t i ge soff ami l y ,Fi onai s t hef i r s tt oadmi tt hatt he s ey oungpe opl ene e dmor e .The y ar ei ne xt r e mer i s kl i v i ngi nCai r owi t houtf ami l yorc onne c t i ons .Sof ort hi sr e as on,Fi onabe amswhe ns hehe ar sanot he roneofhe runac c ompani e ds t ude nt swi l lber e s e t t l e d t ot heU. S.Shewor r i e sf ort he m whe nt he yar r i v ei nAme r i c a,whe r er e s e t t l e me ntc as ewor ke r swi l las s i s tandf ol l ow t he mf oraf e wmont hsorunt i lt he yt ur ne i ght e e n,buts t i l l , t he r ear ej obsi nAme r i c a,mor ej obst hanCai r o.Andt he n t he r ei st hepot e nt i alf orc ol l e gef ort he s ey oungpe opl ei n t heSt at e s . St i l l ,t he s eunac c ompani e dy oungpe opl ear ebutpor t i onof CEP' ss t ude ntbody .The r ear eov e r1 80ot he rs t ude nt si n CEPandawai t i ngl i s tofov e r200.Thewai t i ngl i s tf or c hi l dr e n’ sc l as s e shasbe e nc l os e df or1 8mont hs ,butnotbe c aus eofl ac kofi nt e r e s t .I t ' sabi t t e r s we e tf ac tt hatf ac i l i t i e s ar es i mpl yope r at i ngbe y ondc apac i t y .Ye twes t i l lhopet o makeours e r v i c e sav ai l abl et oal lt her e f uge ec hi l dr e non ourl i s ti nt hene arf ut ur e ,butc annotdot hi swi t houtt her e ne we d,ge ne r ouss uppor tofdonor s .Li kee v e r yy e arand e v e r ygi f t ,t he r ei st hepr omi s eofs omuc hpot e nt i al .

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