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2015 Holiday Appeal - Beyond Syria
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Since last summer all of the United States witnessed the mass migration of Syrian refugees fleeing their brutal civil war. This exodus left many wondering what were the implications for refugee resettlement in the US: http://goo.gl/vbB8GH
2015 Holiday Appeal - Survivor Support Services
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Although Domestic Violence occurs at the same rate across all communities. The murder rate is significantly higher among immigrant and refugee women because of the barriers they face in seeking freedom. Read the latest installment of our 2015 Holiday Appeal: http://goo.gl/l7Uho9

2015 Holiday Appeal - Cultural Calendar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Whether the Chopin Singing Society, Korean Dancers, Ugandan drummers, or the Karen Wrist Tying festival, IIB has been home to newcomer celebrations for more than a century.

2015 Holiday Appeal - Akili's Story
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Akili and his wife Reny fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008. After a 1,300 mile journey and six years in a refugee camp, they're building a new life in Buffalo: http://goo.gl/EfYNms

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Komen Breast Health Initiative


IIB Wins Komen Foundation Grant for its "Refugees and Immigrants Breast Health Awareness," Project

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Western New York Affiliate grant supports a program that includes educational sessions about breast cancer and the importance of screening using interpreters, culturally competent health educators, and evidence based material in the participants’ native languages. It also includes cultural competency trainings for healthcare providers, medical staff and trainees on how to work effectively with the refugee and immigrant population in a culturally sensitive care system.

Refugee and immigrant women face many linguistic and cultural challenges when navigating the U.S. health care system including cancer screening tests. Many refugee and immigrant women have limited knowledge about breast cancer, and a fear of talking about cancer in general, which makes this program very essential in increasing this population’s understanding and awareness about the importance of screening and early detection. In addition the program focuses on advocating for culturally and linguistically appropriate health services through the cultural competency trainings it offers to health care professionals and trainees at local hospitals, clinics, and local mammography services” says May Shogan, Project Director. 

The full press release is here.

For more information, contact May Shogan, Director of International Visitors & Education at (716) 883-1900, ext. 321, or mshogan@iibuff.org.


 May Shogan conducts health trainings for refugee and immigrant women. Her service to this community is invaluable:

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 "The respectful sister May,

Greetings: Salutation to joint action. I would like to ask about your precious health.

Dear May:

I want you to know that you have relieved my heart, and I am delighted for the explanation of the health information I learned from you about breast cancer and the early explanation, which we did not know about before.  I learned good health information.  Best regards and many thanks to you."

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"Thank you very much for helping me explain my condition to the doctor, for your understantding, and for going with me to make the appointment with the doctor.

Thank You"

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"Each time I contact IIB, I'm grateful for the kind and knowledgeable staff who assist me."  
-Maryvale School District Teacher

The mission of the International Institute of Buffalo is to assist immigrants, refugees, their families, and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.
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