In partnership with 30 Immigrant and Refugee Led Faith and Community Organizations in six cities across Iowa, EMBARC created this site to provide accurate and timely information about the coronavirus from credible sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and County Health Departments.

News will be shared via translations, video, and audio recordings in ethnic languages from Burma including Hakha Chin, Mizo Chin, Karenni, Karen (ကညီ) and Burmese (ဗမာ). Information will also be provided in Kirundi, Kunama, Lingala, French and Swahili, through EMBARC's Community Catalyst Project, an initiative that was launched in 2018 to engage newly arrived refugee-led groups to grow leadership, build collective capacity, and increase impact.

Additional languages may become available as more immigrant and refugee organizations unite in solidarity to protect and uplift our community.

We hope this information will help us work together and make our resilient community even stronger.

Iowa Immigrant and Refugee-Led Organization Partners

Abyei Community (ANCAUS.INC), Arakan American Community, Babembe Babondo Congolese Community (Des Moines), The Bridge of Storm Lake (Storm Lake), Bhutanese Community in Iowa (Des Moines), Carson Chin Baptist Church, Chin Baptist Church (Des Moines), Chin Baptist Church (Marshalltown), Chin Christian Church, Des Moines Kunama Community (Des Moines), Des Moines Karen Baptist Church (Des Moines), Dinka Community in Des Moines (Des Moines), Eastern Iowa African Diaspora EIAD (Cedar Rapids), Genesis Youth Foundation (Ankeny), Gospel Baptist Church (Des Moines), Iowa Chin Community (Iowa), Iowa Chin Youth Organization (Iowa), Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs (Iowa), Iowa Zotung Baptist Church (Des Moines), Karen Community of Iowa (KCI)(Des Moines), Karenni Community of Des Moines (Des Moines), Mizo Church of Iowa (Iowa), New Life Center Swahili Congregation (Des Moines), Sacred Heart Church (Waterloo), Shalom Covenant Church (Urbandale), St. Ambrose Church (Des Moines), T.S.M - The Salvation Ministry, The Bridge of Storm Lake (Storm Lake), Waterloo Chin Christian Church (Waterloo), Women of Distinction (Waterloo).

EMBARC is a grassroots, community-based organization founded by and for refugees with the belief that sustainable change comes from within a community that is empowered to help themselves. Learn More...

EMAIL | covid19@EMBARCIowa.org

FACEBOOK | facebook.com/EMBARC

WEBSITE | embarciowa.org


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