WELCOME TO KITHS' NEWS
HERE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ ABOUT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, OBTAIN UPDATES, AND OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT WHO WERE ARE AS AN ORGANIZATION AND WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH
I have to keep reminding myself that KITHS is merely 1 year old. We opened our doors on May 1, 2017 and began serving the community members of Philadelphia; in particular; in the Logan section of Philadelphia. We had/have no funding. What you see is the blood, sweat and tears of 2 sisters who want to make a difference in the lives of Asian Americans, immigrants and refugees.
There have been plenty of times when we wanted to close our doors. However, we are reminded of the community needs and if we do close our doors, the community will suffer. We will see this adventure through and I hope to look back 5 years from now proud of our determination to keeping moving forward.
KITHS is in the process of obtaining accreditation to provide immigration services. Saroeun Kith (KITHS' Operations Director) will be attending an Immigration Law Training in Akron, PA for 1 week in June 2018 so that KITHS can apply to become an authorized provider for immigration services. The money raised so far through Facebook will be used to send Saroeun to this training. The cost of the training is $495; the book costs $270; lodging and transportation is expected to cost $700+; and misc costs such as food could cost up to $300+ for the week. With this said, we still need your help and support with raising additional funds. Every penny counts!
Organizations must be authorized by the Department of Justice (DOJ)'s Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) to support individuals with immigration related applications, hearings, and interviews.
At this time, KITHS provides advice and consultation related to immigration concerns. We normally refer individuals to an immigration lawyer if the issue is outside of our scope and expertise. We want to be able to do more. Becoming an authorized provider with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will allow us to provide more direct immigration services.
Year two will be a busy year for KITHS...
The focus will be enhancing the Resource Coordination Services Program and starting the Training and Education Program, which focuses on health, nutrition, recovery and wellness. This means a majority of the Executive Director's time will include networking and grant writing, which has begun.
We have started a relationship with Blue Sparrow (a consulting firm that specializes in grant writing and fund raising). We submitted a Grant to the Asian Mosaic Fund in Jan. 2018 (up to $5,000). We are working on writing a grant for the Scattergood Foundation's Immigrant Wellness Fund (up to $35,000). We will be submitting a funding inquiry to the Samuel S. Fels Fund - this year's target population is Immigrants and Refugees - right up KITHS alley! We will tap into every available grant so that we can continue to support the needs of Asian Americans, Immigrants and Refugees.
We will continue to support KITHS Resource Specialist by providing her opportunities for training. She will be attending the Mental Health First Aid Training to be held on March 14-15, 2018.
Year two will be a busy year for KITHS...
Our Board Vice-President/Vice-Chair, Kate Fox, took raw data that we've been collecting since we opened our doors on May 1, 2017, such as client's age, gender, cultural background/ethnicity, reason for visit, etc. and turned it into a visual masterpiece. Please take a look.
Dr. Kith was recently interviewed by Claire Ryder for VERVE (www.verveup.com/shesaid/women-shaping-their-communities-an-interview-with-nary-kith)
Below is an excerpt from the article:
Today, Nary is the Executive Director and co-founder of Kiths Integrated and Targeted Human Services (KITHS). KITHS, founded by Nary and her sister in spring 2017, was created to provide opportunities and promote self-sufficiency within the Asian American, immigrant, and refugee communities in Philadelphia. They offer opportunities for skill building, resource coordination, and case management services to fulfill the individual’s identified needs. KITHS ultimate goal is to help individuals satisfy their needs, starting with the most pressing, while offering them the tools needed to become independent and productive members of the community.
Nary Kith came to the United States as a child refugee from Cambodia. Her parents are survivors of the Khmer Rouge war. Her world view has been shaped by her parents’ trauma. She recognizes that some of this trauma has been passed on to her--as she says, “intergenerational trauma is real.” For Nary, being a refugee and a child of war survivors has not been a deficit or barrier; it has been a motivating factor in her personal and professional life. If Nary’s story and work tell us anything it is that each of us has something that defines us, motivates us, and encourages us. Nary advises women to use that something to live our best selves. That is what she is doing (quite successfully) and hopes to pass on to her children.
Nary’s advice to women is advice many of us have heard before but that cannot be said enough: Women can do anything they set their minds to, no matter how difficult it may seem. “We are not inferior (or superior) to men. We are not emotional when we advocate for equality. We are not on our periods when we are angry. We are more than what society says about us!”