Immigrant Stories

Immigrant Pathways Colorado Helps Ethiopian Doctor Complete Her Training

Kedija – Ethiopia – Airfare to medical internship interviews

“It has taken me so long to get to this turning point in my life,” says Kedija Hedara, an Ethiopian doctor who recently received a grant from Immigrant Pathways Colorado. “I have the opportunity now to interview for residency in a hospital here in the U.S.”

Kedija completed medical school and practiced as a general physician in Ethiopia before coming to the U.S. in 2011 with her husband  and son. The time, effort and money she and her husband invested in training for the exams paid off in five invitations to interview for hospital residencies. The problem was that these hospitals were in five different locations in the U.S., and Kedija had no money to pay for the plane fare and hotel stays necessary to interview for these positions. This is where Immigrant Pathways Colorado entered the picture by granting Kadija the funds to help her reach her goal.

“Thank you for your program and the effort you put in to help desperate people like me to stay legal in this country and be able to prosper and establish themselves as individuals and hopefully a citizen in the future.” ~ Kadija

Raad Kurdi

Raad – Iraq –Tools for work

“I want to thank everyone who helped my family to settle in Littleton. Coming to a new country is like suddenly being blind. How do we know what to do? Where do we go? Who will lead us? We were so lucky to have a team of people who helped us to find our way and to finally live in peace.” ~ Raad Kurdi

“When Raad Kurdi and his family were brought to our attention three years ago, it provided us a broader picture of the “real” world experienced by many people in faraway places today. Hearing a person describe how they fled their native land for fear of their lives certainly captured our attention. We were pleased to make a small contribution to Raad and his family and hope that it has continued to be a successful transition. Early reports were that Raad was establishing himself as a hard worker at a local car dealership. His wife was walking to classes daily to acquire the English language and the kids were adapting, as kids do, more easily with their daily interactions at school and in the community.”   ~Colin Conway, Breakfast Optimist Club of Littleton


Helen K. Amter, In Memorium