Ugandan Asylum Seeker’s Deportation Delayed

November 16, 2022 0 Comments

The VTDigger recently reported on Steven Tendo, a Ugandan asylum seeker who was facing possible deportation. Now there is good news – he has been given permission to stay in the U.S. for another year and can continue to try to find a way to stay in the U.S. permanently.

Letter from the CVRAN President: Tiny Footholds in the Walls

October 31, 2022 0 Comments

Dear CVRAN Community, It was so good to see you a good portion of you this last week, seated – in person! – in a large circle at Christ Church. Twenty-eight of us were there to hear about innovative ideas for fundraising, for welcoming immigrants, and about some needs. We heard from our pro bono …

Mexican Consulate Visit to Middlebury

October 20, 2022 0 Comments

The Addison County Farmworkers’ Coalition has organized a visit by the Mexican Consulate to Middlebury, VT. It will be on October 29th, at Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court, Middlebury, VT 05753. Call 1(424)309-0009 to schedule an appointment, or go to

A Creative Fundraiser for CVRAN: Recognize Hubbard Tower?

October 17, 2022 0 Comments

Like happens to many of us, Matthew Yezuita had an idea in his head that wouldn’t go away. Unlike many, he took the time to make the idea a reality. After designing this poster he decided that since the tower featured in the design was a local landmark he would use the work to contribute …

Chef Ghazi Wins the Taste of Montpelier Food Festival

October 17, 2022 0 Comments

Our own Chef Ghazi shared the top prize at the Taste of Montpelier Food Festival. His catering company, Ghazi’s Goodies, had a booth at the festival where he and his partner Sarah Lipton served deserts to a long line of customers. The booth was decorated with the Tunisian flag and Ghazi wore traditional dress. CVRAN …

Letter from the CVRAN President: Sugar in Milk: Afghan Refugees

September 29, 2022 0 Comments

Sugar in Milk: Afghan Refugees September 30, 2022 Dear Central Vermonters, Do you remember 13 months ago when we were all watching the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on the nightly news, and the devastating take-over by the Taliban? We ended our days with horrific scenes from the airport in Kabul, desperate faces, and the sounds …

Wonderfully Successful Fundraiser for New School in Sudan

September 15, 2022 0 Comments

On August 7th about 70 generous community members and friends of CVRAN gathered to help raise funds for a 700 student primary and middle school in the region of North Darfur, Sudan. The event was organized by Eltayeb Awadalla, owner of Mobitech in Montpelier. Eltayeb grew up in the small village of Kamo in North …

Letter from the CVRAN President: Picturing Hope

August 16, 2022 0 Comments

PICTURING HOPE August 16, 2022 The mission of the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network is simply put: “to make refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant workers welcome to Central Vermont…” How does that translate into action? Read on. Here is a window into the lives of our new neighbors, as written by members of their team. …

Volunteers put sweat equity into helping an asylum seeking family

July 29, 2022 0 Comments

Many CVRAN volunteers heeded the call to help an asylum seeking family paint their new apartment in early July. A total of 18 people volunteered for hours over 4 days recently. We painted doors, windows, walls, and hard to reach vaulted ceilings. A few volunteers had never painted before and still they showed up. Several …

Festival of North African Food, Music, and Dancing To Be Held at Montpelier’s Pool Pavilion

July 21, 2022 0 Comments

Come to the Recreation Pool Pavilion on Elm Street in Montpelier on August 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. for a delicious Sudanese/Tunisian dinner of goat kebabs, spicy grilled vegetables, Tunisian salad, and baklava. Then dance to the Festival of North African Food, Music, and Dancingmusic of the acclaimed Afro-pop, hip-hop band A2VT (the name …