Supporting Refugees in Rhode Island

Aline Binyungu and Clement Shabani, founders of Womens Refugee Care, are both refugees themselves from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were social workers and worked for NGO's before being forced to flee their country.  After 7 years in a refugee camp in Thailand they were resettled in Providence. In 2 short years, they have founded a non profit, WRC). They assist those who newly arrived in clothing their families and cultivate opportunities for refugees to socialize with each and engage with the broader community. WRC also runs a Mentorship program, has an Education committee advocating for the kids in the Providence public schools, and will soon launch its Women's Empowerment Group.



Together we made a difference!

Together, the Community Matters community worked with Women’s Refugee Care and accomplished the following:

  • raised over $7,000 to assist in basic needs and goods for at least 30 refugee families

  • helped donate and organize the giving of clothing and household items that served over 25 families.

  • Collected and organized receipt of over 3500 diapers and over 50 boxes of baby wipes from the ATM community and through Project Undercover

  • Established a weekly delivery of personal care items and household goods from Ocean State Job Lot to WRC

  • connected community members with WRC’s mentorship committee to create ongoing relationships and support to families

  • created forums and discussion spaces to educate ourselves about refugee needs in our community

  • hosted events to bring the yoga community and the refugee community into relationship and celebration, through music and yoga

  • fostered friendship and community beyond the yoga studio



Providence, RI, USA