World Refugee Day is observed annually on June 20th. On Monday, June 26th from Noon-1:00 pm, The Waterloo Rotary Club will celebrate, honor, and recognize World Refugee Day at our monthly “Cultural Conversations Lunch Series.” The meeting will be at the Waterloo Convention Center. 

According to the United Nations, “Around the world, every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe.”

Waterloo Mayor Hart reports, “The Cedar Valley has welcomed nearly 500 refugee families in the last year.” Edgar Ramirez, Workforce Liaison with the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services highlights that, “during the 2020 – 2021 school year in Iowa, 177 World Languages were spoken by over 30,000 students ages K to 12 grade. Nearing a 60% increase in English Language Learning (ELL) since 2010.”

Both Mayor Hart and Mr. Ramirez, along with World Grace Project’s Executive Director, Karen Everling, will be presenting at the Monday, June 26th meeting. Dignitaries, organizations, and partnerships in the Cedar Valley welcoming newcomers are encouraged to attend.