The 2022 Karibu Cultural Celebration was held on Saturday, September 23 at The University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art. The event was attended by more than 165 community members and raised over $20,000 to support the CVOEO Asylum Seekers Assistance Program, which provides asylees with emergency funds to purchase essential items, including personal hygiene supplies, diapers, food, and medicine.
The evening also featured the Crystal Family New Hope Award Presentation Ceremony, honoring the 2022 winners, Hawa Adan and Aden Haji. Through the generous support of the Crystal Family, the New Hope Award was established in 2017 to recognize two New Americans for their contributions, accomplishments, and potential within the community. Each recipient of the award receives a $1,000 gift.