Blue Ridge Student Helps Refugees Acclimate to Area


BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV)-- Natasha D'Souza is a young woman who is on a mission to help others.

D'Souza is getting ready to travel to the country of Oman next month.
Her mission is to learn more about the Arabic language so she can help those moving to the states.

Why is she doing it? She'll tell you...

"I don't know what I would call it, goals I guess? It's something that motivates me every single day," said D'Souza.

Through her program, "Project Passport," she helps immigrants get a fresh start; which includes helping with finances, education, and acclimating to life in the U.S. This is something her mentor says is important for the area.

"So what Natasha is going to be doing will be an added force," said Nell Tiller, a Spanish professor at Blue Ridge Community College.

Natasha's interest in helping refugees first began at home, in her classes at Blue Ridge.

"My idea that came up for Project Passport was the large influence of Arabic-speaking students approaching me because they felt comfortable with asking me certain questions," said D'Souza.

Not only is she determined to help refugees through her work abroad, she will also continue to help when she gets back, which is something her mentor says is good to see here in the valley.

Natasha still needs donations for her trip abroad.To learn more about how you can help Natasha get to Oman, click on the link on the side of this story.


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