Meet Fadiyya

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Fadiyya Alshawk is a dynamic woman. She is positive, intelligent, and she smiles a lot. Her energy is contagious. Fadiyya is also a refugee from Iraq.


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Evenings Learning English

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, a group of moms and dads – Fabiola, Karina, Marta, Olga, Selma, Bijoux, and Samba – gather to learn English in the Academy of World Languages (AWL) school library in Cincinnati. They are parents of AWL students, who are learning English themselves through their school curriculum. The parents at the English class on Tuesday and Wednesday nights come from diverse countries around the globe: Mexico, Guatemala, Mauritania, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mali.

The parents’ journeys to Cincinnati are as diverse as their home countries, and many of them were very difficult journeys. One parent had to ride in the trunk of a car to come here. We wanted to understand what they like (and perhaps what they do not like) about Cincinnati as compared to their home countries and why they wanted to learn English.

What do you like about Cincinnati?

“I grew up in a village. Before coming to Cincinnati, I lived 4 years in New York in the Bronx. When I lived there, I worked at a car wash 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 3 dollars an hour. I did this for 7 months and almost returned to my home country. Continue reading “Evenings Learning English”

And Now, I am American

Click here to listen to this story in Nepali

Earlier this month, Ganga Ram Sapkota became an American citizen at 82 years old.


Ganga was born July 30, 1933 in the District of Chirang, Goseling Damphu, Bhutan. In Bhutan, Ganga was a farmer and grew rice, maize, wheat, oranges, and peaches. Ganga’s life as a farmer was abruptly stopped when he, his wife Jashoda, and their seven children were forced to leave their country in 1992 because of the government’s persecution and ethnic cleansing of southern Bhutanese groups. Continue reading “And Now, I am American”

Welcome & About this Blog

“Stories are the self’s medium of being”
– Arthur Miller, The Wounded Storyteller

Namaste! Welcome!

Welcome to Heartfelt Tidbit’s blog dedicated to sharing the stories of refugees and immigrants in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is home to 34,000 refugees who have resettled in the United States since 2008. That number keeps growing, as each week secondary migrants (relocating refugees) move here from other cities! Continue reading “Welcome & About this Blog”