John is a social entrepreneur with a passion for creating economies by empowering the Urban Poor among the Nations. He comes to the Refuge team with over 16 years of experience working with internationals and refugees in both Africa and Europe. In 2003, He founded a nonprofit TCBi, which has trained and equipped entrepreneurs to create sustainable economies among urban poor in Uganda, France, and Algeria. John speaks French, Algerian Arabic and Luganda. He and his family live in Shelby Park and are members of Sojourn.
Emily works as the Executive Assistant on the Refuge team. She grew up in Northern Kentucky, but moved to Louisville in 2016 to live among refugees after living in Africa for two years. She is a proud University of Kentucky alum, having graduated with a degree in Social Work. Her favorite things include listening to live music, learning to cook new foods, and spending time with people of different cultures. She speaks Somali and dreams of perfecting her Somali chai-making technique.
Samuel was born and raised in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal. After coming to Louisville in 2009 at age 15, he became engaged in work with refugees and eventually served at Refuge Louisville as youth director, mobilization coordinator, and community coordinator. Currently, he is the director of Glocal Ministry with Greater Louisville Youth for Christ and partnering with Refuge to reach refugee youth and their families.
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