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Social Worker Reunites African Students With Father

The Mpawenayo children and social worker Angel Katona (inset). Photo courtesy of Fox 8.

Fox 8 television in North Carolina ran a heartwarming story on a social worker who helped reunite African refugee children with their father.

School social worker Angel Katona met Noel, Eveline, Juliely and Ive at the Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro. The children from the civil war torn nation of Burundi were sad every day and sometimes came to her office crying.

Katona discovered their father was not allowed to immigrate to the United States with his family from a Tanzanian refugee camp due to spelling inconsistencies in his documents. Katona worked for three years to get the documents in order so Aniceth Mpawenayo could come to the United States.

“We spent a couple years watching them be very sad every day, but it was Noel that said, ‘Don’t worry Ms. Angel you will never see us cry again.'”Katona said.

To read the news article and watch the television news clip click here.

To learn more about how social workers such as Angel Kat0na help children in schools thrive and learn visit the National Association of Social Workers “Help Starts Here” Schools and Communities Web site by clicking here.

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