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Summer program for refugee children

Rochester, N.Y. -- 'Voices of Hope' is a program developed by a University of Rochester student, to empower young refugees.

We learned about different virtues that was about being patient having love and understanding the others, said 13-year-old Yaak Awurok, a refugee from South Sudan.

He moved to Rochester in March of 2009.

It was actually fun, said Awurok, when asked about the program. We did many things, we actually learned about different cultures and religions.

It was amazing to me even with all the struggles they were able to overcome and still pursue their goals, said Fatima Bawany, program founder. I admired their strength and resilience and I wanted to do something to benefit them.

Bawany, a junior at the University of Rochester, created the program 'Voices of Hope for refugee children. 

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