Refugee Community Services

LSI has made a great impact for my family.

On the Road to Success

As everyone was preparing for the Christmas season, Ali was eager to finally give his family a gift he’d been dreaming of for almost a year: a second car. In...

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Vince Finds His Voice

On an early October morning in Burundi in 1993, Vince’s life changed forever. He and his parents were getting ready to leave for church. Then, the gunshots began. Their village...

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A Heart for Helping Others

Chandra doesn’t remember much of her life in Bhutan. When she was young, the country was thrown into turmoil from what was described as a systematic “ethnic cleansing,” and Chandra’s...

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Friendly Competition

Originally from Bhutan, Bhakti and Chhali moved to Des Moines from a refugee camp in Nepal. Since then, they have been hard at work improving their English and establishing their...

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Breaking Barriers

Firmin Ntakimazi says Des Moines and LSI helped to save him. Now, he is giving back. After years of living in fear, surrounded by violence in his home country, Burundi,...

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