MRC had a great friend-raiser on Sunday evening- October 11, 2009 generously hosted by MRC supporter- Megan Murphy at her beautiful central Austin home. The purpose of the evening was to gather friends of MRC to share more about our mission, goals and how support to MRC. It was truly a beautiful evening and we thank all of you all who came out to support MRC and for those of you who could not be there but also sent your support.
Megan and friends generously provided the delicious spread of Mediteranean food and sangria.
MRC co-founder Johnson Doe spoke on why he and his friend Paul Tiah, both refugees from Liberia, started this organization and the programs we have in place to help refugees become self-sufficient and intergrated into their new community.
We had refugee musicians perform. Daniel- a 72 year-old refugee from Burundi played his ikembe and Alexander from Congo interpreted for him. Daniel has been playing this traditional instrument for over 50 years and enjoys singing both traditional songs and those that he wrote about the hardships and joys of life. It is a true joy for him to share his music with others and it was our pleasure to hear him play.
Professor Ghulam Farid Nizami, a political asylee from Pakistan and master sitar player shared his gift of music wtih us. Professor Nizami is an accomplished musician and has performed for President Bush at the Kennedy Center so it was an honor to have him share the evening with us.