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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Needed: Sango Translator in California or the U.S.

Two days ago I read a heartwarming story in the news titled: San Jose's Oak Grove High rallies around African immigrant who speaks rare language. It's the story of a young man, an orphan and former refugee from the Central Republic of Africa, overcoming incredible odds. His story could have ended tragically in so many ways but instead he is now here in the U.S. and thriving with the support of his classmates, the teaching staff at his school and his new foster parents.

"Recent immigrant Samedi Djeimguero shares a laugh with ESL instructor Janet Goldhamer at Oak Grove High School in San Jose, Calif. Wednesday March 21, 2012. (Patrick Tehan/Staff)"

The story puts out a direct plea for help that I want to share with you.

If you know the African languages Sango (or Kaba), or know anyone who does, please contact Thuy Tran, social worker at Catholic Charities at 408-325-5173 or ttran@catholiccharitiesscc.org.

According to the article almost no one in America knows how to speak Samedi's native language: Sango. In fact, Sango is one of the most rare languages in the world which is delaying and complicating his ability to be understood, learn English as a second language and to speed his assimilation. So if you know Sango or know someone who does it would be fantastic if you could contact Thuy Tran and help Samedi to make the most of his well deserved second chance.

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