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A Bike for Kyaw (and many others!)

Jul 13th, 2018

Something incredible happened last month, thanks to our supporters! It started on June 20th, World Refugee Day, when an article was published on syracuse.com about Kyaw Myo. Kyaw is a young refugee from Burma. He arrived in Syracuse two years ago, just graduated from Nottingham High School and plans to pursue a degree in engineering at Clarkson University. Our staff have loved working with Kyaw, and were delighted to see his story shared with the broader community.  

During the interview, the reporter learned that Kyaw's bike had recently been stolen. Like many recent refugees who do not have cars, Kyaw depended on his bike for getting to school and work. This information was included in the article and struck a chord with many people. Since the article was published, we've recieved multiple phone calls and emails from people interested in donating their bikes to replace Kyaw's. We are deeply touched by the outpouring of support from the community. We were soon able to provide a bike not only for Kyaw, but several other people as well. 

We offer our most sincere thanks to everyone who reached out with support in response to Kyaw's story and the story of Fadumo Warsame, which was published the same week. We received so many bikes that we can't even accept any more! For those who are interested in helping out in a similar way, however, there are many with new bikes who are in need of bike helmets, locks and bike lights. If you are interested in helping with this need, please contact: 

Emily Creasia
Employment Specialist
(315) 474-7428 ext. 48 
ecreasia@ccoc.us

We were truly touched by this outpouring of support; actions like these create hope in Syracuse and help transform lives. Thank you!