From Darfur to Martha's Vineyard


For a week, the children lived on the Maynard's idyllic farm, riding ponies, playing in the ocean, swimming in a pool -- all for the first time.

It is a lifestyle the Kabashis could never have imagined during their 1,000-mile trek from Sudan to Kenya to Nairobi.

But at a fundraiser held under a tent on their last night on the Vineyard, Maynard told the guests that it was she, not the Kabashis, who had benefited the most.

"They've had quite a long trek from Darfur to Nairobi to St. Louis to Martha's Vineyard, and now here with you," she said. "I was lucky to meet Sasha on the train two years ago. I was lucky to have the means to gather my friends and to support RefugePoint. And I was especially lucky to have the Kabashi family come into my life. I'd like to share the joy and the love that they have brought to me, in the hopes that all of you will feel as lucky as I do."

That night, Kristi Maynard helped raise more than $100,000 for RefugePoint, which will help save dozens of families.

Relocation to the United States costs RefugePoint about $2,500 per family, or $500 per person.

In the past six years RefugePoint has helped more than 13,000 refugees to access the U.S. and other government resettlement programs in order to save the lives of those who live in danger and destitution.

For more information go to RefugePoint International.

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