Alain’s Story: Unlocking the potential of refugees
Before being resettled to St. Paul, MN, Alain Tenta never knew “salama,” the Swahili word for “peace” or “tranquility.” Sectarian violence in his home country of the DRC forced his family to be on the run for more than 2 decades. In 2009, they ended up at Dzaleka, the largest refugee camp in Malawi. He spent the next 10 years of his life there. With the help of Jesuit Refugee Service, he earned his high school degree and a diploma in Social Work. He used this education to also co-found his own NGO, Salama Africa.