Network Site Visits in the Beautiful State of Nebraska!

We were honored to pay a visit to Nebraska last weekend, home to four of our amazing Network Members, to carry out site visits and conduct filming for an upcoming storytelling project in partnership with Starbucks.

October 13, 2022

Our first stop was with Kelly Ross, Founder & Executive Director of ECHO Collective in Lincoln. Here we got to witness their outstanding and innovative Afghan Maker’s Circle program.

Next we visited James Knywahtoo, Executive Director of the Karen Society of Nebraska in Lincoln. We were astonished by the powerful and united community James has helped to build in Lincoln.

Following our time in Lincoln, we were thrilled to drop in on Osuman Issaka,President & CEO of the Simple Foundation in Omaha. We got to witness their youngest soccer team (9 year olds and under) play a fantastic game against another local team; their speed and technical skill at such a young age blew us away.

Finally, we visited Jamil Bah-Traore, Founder & Executive Director of Eat N Talk Africa in Omaha. Jamil’s work is truly on the cutting edge of culinary training support for our newest neighbors and reframing the entire narrative around cultural food across the state of Nebraska and beyond.

We express our deepest gratitude to all of the Nebraska-based Network members who enthusiastically welcomed us into their community and provided us a glimpse into the impactful grassroots welcoming efforts they are leading. These visits were filled with so many meaningful and unforgettable experiences; we can’t wait to visit with more of our Network Members and their communities soon.

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