Two CUSSW grads honored on World Refugee Day

June 28, 2005 @ 4:00 am

On June 11, 2005 (World Refugee Day), CUSSW grads Tami Farber (MS’02) and Natasha Dachos (MS’02) were honored for their contributions to the welfare of refugees.

Both did volunteer work with Nah We Yone, an organization that provides services to African refugees and asylees. It was formed eight years ago in response to the horrific civil war in Sierra Leone. Farber and Dachos became involved with the group after the founders were guest speakers at a presentation by the CUSSW International Caucus.

Farber remarked:

“…Natasha and I both felt that we wanted to contribute our time and energy to this newly established organization, particularly to support the children and youth that had been severely traumatised by the civil war. We began by developing a mini summer camp that has now turned into an annual program, and a teen leadership group.It was such a gift to be honored on that day and to be part of a community of people who understand the gift of human life.”

In a statement honoring the two, Judy Rogers (right, center), founding member and now Executive Director of Nah We Yone, said:

“Five years ago, when we were invited to address the International Caucus at the Columbia University School of Social Work, we met two phenomenal women who have become an integral part of our organization, Tami Farber and Natasha Dachos. Together they envisioned a camp for war weary children and used their time and talent to bring it to reality. Camp De Fambul has become one of our most important programs for children. It began as a three-day day camp out of a Harlem Head Start Program. It is now in its fourth year as a three-day sleep-away camp for 40 African refugee children and their African American and Latino neighbors.

So on World Refugee Day we were pleased to honor Natasha and Tami for their contribution to improving the lives of refugee families. Natasha is now a Board member and continues to contribute her knowledge and expertise to Nah We Yone in that role. Tami, now that she is back in town, has served as a consultant to the camp. Both of them epitomize the spirit of social worker as a change agent.”

June 28, 2005