Nematullah Sarvary - July 2015
In partnership with the Diocese of Sacramento, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) recently began offering Refugee Resettlement Services. United States policy allows refugees of special humanitarian concern entrance into our country, reflecting our core values and our tradition of being a safe haven for the oppressed.
Through this partnership, SFBFS provides refugee families with the opportunity to improve their lives and support them on their journey to self-sufficiency.
Nematullah Sarvary, 29, grew up in Mavari Sharif, the third largest city in Afghanistan. After graduating high school he attended law school and went on to work for a company providing translation and support services for the armed forces in Afghanistan. After the American troops returned to the United States, Nematullah was laid off from his position. While on temporary assignment helping support European police missions in Afghanistan, he received his United States Visa. In January of 2015, Nematullah, his wife and their two children arrived in Sacramento through SFBFS' Refugee Resettlement Services.
After settling into life in Sacramento, Nematullah began assisting other refugee families with the resettlement process. "I am very happy to be part of an organization that helps people:' he said. Both Nematullah and his wife are focusing on continuing their education. Nematullah would like to pursue a career in the legal sector becoming a paralegal or immigration attorney and his wife plans to pursue her Bachelor's degree.
When asked what the most memorable part of moving to the United States was, Nematullah replied, "every single moment from arriving in the United States until now is memorable and I hope one day I can pay that forward to others in the community.”
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