Sendet Seremba, a Resettlement Case Manager at Alliance, was recently featured by UNHCR for his incredible story of determination and hope.
In 1992, Sendet fled Democratic Republic of the Congo with his wife and seven children, fearing for their lives. Sendet was already concerned for his family’s wellbeing after the police were persecuting educated people in Bukavu, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Sendet, at the time, was enrolled at Lubumbashi University as a Psychology student, but after threats and the start of the civil war, he had to leave school to keep his family safe.
Sendet’s family fled to Burundi, and spent the next 15 years in Bujumbura, the capital city. In July 2009, the Serembas were resettled to Houston, Texas. Sendet now works as a case manager at Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, helping refugees who are new to Houston like he was 7 years ago.
UNHCR’s #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly summit on September 19. The petition seeks to:
- Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
- Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
- Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
Alliance is very proud that Sendet’s story is inspiring individuals worldwide to advocate for refugees, and is helping change of the lives of countless refugees both abroad and in Houston.
To read more about Sendet’s story, and to sign the #WithRefugees petition, click here