HIAS Pennsylvania Annual Meeting Berger Book Prize Winners

Marian Kay Bangura

Marian Bangura came to the United States with her family from Sierra Leone and gained asylum with the help of attorneys from HIAS PA. At first, she was prevented from enrolling in college while she took care of her 12 and 14 year old sisters and sick mother. Things have shifted to a brighter side now and she has been able to enroll in Delaware County Community College where she is majoring in Nursing.

Esmat Abd-Amawla

Esmat Abd-Amawla wants to be a doctor “to help as many people as she can” and already is did that by spending a summer interning in a hospital . Esmat and her family fled the Syrian Civil War in 2016, and Esmat wants to help others like her who have had their lives disrupted by war and persecution. According to her teacher, “Esmat will definitely be a success because she has an intrinsic desire to achieve her best.” She is beginning her college dream at the Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Temple.

Lodmilla Mohammed

Lomilla Mohammad is excited to start at Penn State Abington, as she works toward her dream of working in the medical field. For her, “ The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles,” something she’s had to do frequently since she came to the US as a refugee from Syria. As her teacher said, Lodmilla’s “hard work and dedication to education is rarely evidenced.”

Unleash generosity this Giving Tuesday!

This Giving Tuesday, you can change an immigrant's life!


This Giving Tuesday, you have the opportunity to be part of a worldwide effort to give back to those in need in our community and help immigrants and refugees begin new lives here in Pennsylvania!

Join us ONLINE at 12:45PM TODAY at the Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) Volunteer Appreciation Awards!

Thanking our volunteers, who, in times of crisis and calm, constantly step up to “repair the world” by supporting immigrants and refugees.

Join us at the Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) Volunteer Appreciation Awards!

The in-person Tikkun Olam Awards are sold out!

Join us online TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 19th, at 12:45PM at the virtual Tikkun Olam Awards!


Thanking our volunteers, who, in times of crisis and calm, constantly step up to “repair the world” by supporting immigrants and refugees.

TONIGHT: Join us at the table!Join us for Thankful Together!

Thankful Together, formerly known as Refugee Thanksgiving, is happening TONIGHT at 6PM!

Register here to join us tonight: https://hiaspa1.wpengine.com/event/thankful-together-2021/

Celebrate our volunteers who make this all possible!Click here at 11:45AM to join our Annual Meeting!

Click here to join our virtual Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting starts at noon, but join us at 11:45AM for an informal chat before the event!

POSTPONED! Speed Advocacy: Afghanistan

Today's Speed Advocacy: Afghanistan Facebook Live event has been postponed due to a worldwide Facebook outage. We will update you as soon as possible about rescheduling the event.

Join us for Thankful TogetherWatch performances from cultural groups and immigrants from around Philadelphia.
Give immigrants a brighter future

Make 2021 better for immigrants and refugees by ensuring they have the support to recover from anti-immigrant policies and the pandemic.

Double your donation this Giving Tuesday!All gifts will be matched up to a total of $11,000

Help every immigrant achieve their greatest potential by ensuring there are no obstacles like a lack of legal status or language access stand in their way.