Kentucky Refugee Children’s Choir Performs In Lexington

The Kentucky Refugee Ministries helps more than 250 refugees find homes in Lexington every year, according to the director, Barbara Kleine. Many of those families coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kliene said Lexington is one of the four largest resettlement cities for Congolese in the country.

KRM expects the number of refugees from Congo to increase during the next three years because of the ongoing conflict in the country.

“They are the victims of persecution and violence and discrimination,” Kleine said.

As the families adjust to life in the United States, Kleine said they help them make the transition. They provided housing, register the children in school, and enroll the parents in English lessons.

“It’s so great to see people who have literally lost everything, even the protection of their home country,” Kleine said. “And within months, they build a new life and have a home and a job and their children in school. It’s just very rewarding.”

This summer, KRM created a choir made up of children whose families fled the Congo.

They performed at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington tonight.

“It makes me happy,” Lilliane Muhimpundu, choir member, said. “And we can be with other children who are singing. It’s good.”

For more information on the choir and KRM, search for “Kentucky Refugee Ministries Lexington” on Facebook.

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