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“Kawthoolei” (originally meant “Flowerland / Land without Evil”
…today it means “The Land Burnt Black”)
We are dedicated to helping Clarkston, Georgia refugee families.
Friends of Refugees Providing Education and Empowerment (F.R.E.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN #47-1667780). Our mission is to provide refugee families with the education, help and resources that they so desperately need. We are an all volunteer organization of non-paid members.
Hundreds of thousands of refugee families from over 70 different countries speaking more than 90 different languages have been resettled into the U.S. through joint efforts of the U.N. and the U.S. State Department in an attempt to resolve horrendous conditions overseas involving religious and ethnic persecution, genocide, torture, war, starvation, sex trafficking, rape, and murder. After having spent years in refugee camps overseas, government statistics report over the past decade 28,394 refugees have been resettled to Georgia. They arrive speaking little English with scarcely more than the clothes on their back. Traumatized and unprepared to support themselves they endure the consequences of living in a gang blighted neighborhood.
What we Do
Friends of Refugees Providing Education & Empowerment, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. F.R.E.E. began by providing parochial school tuition, busing, and lunches for refugee children in an environment where they can get the individual attention, they require. A parochial school educational environment shields them from the gang activity and violence present in the local public school system. Subsequently we became aware of the great physical and spiritual needs in their community as well. F.R.E.E. strives to meet these needs by soliciting and distributing donations of money, food, services, and gently used goods (including clothing, furniture, bedding, shoes, toys, bicycles, baby supplies and common household items. F.R.E.E. also provides fun learning activities in the Clarkston community to increase the children’s knowledge of biblical truths. Importantly, F.R.E.E. also provides transport to/from medical and legal appointments in urgent situations.
How We Do It
F.R.E.E. collaborates with individuals, church groups and organizations, to conduct fundraisers. We also transport an distribute donations all thru the efforts of a 100% volunteer christian staff from several churches.
Why We Do It
With hearts burdened by the plight of these unfortunate souls we cannot but help to respond to the Lord's command in Mark 12:31
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
We welcome you to become a part of our mission. Please donate or volunteer.
Many of the children and their families pictured on this website were persecuted by the government when they lived in Burma. They had to endure horrible living conditions as they fled for safety to the refugee camps in Thailand where they languished for years.
Excerpt from a letter of Dec 4, 2015 by Ed Wright / President of GCC ofSDA
Click the Button Below to Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to F.R.E.E.
How You Can Help
- Click on the "donate" button to donate monetarily via Paypal to our 501(c)(3) (Tax-deductible) organization. EIN = 471667780
- Donate your time if you live in the Atlanta area to help these children and their families.
- Donate gently used clothing or food.
- If you wish to make a more specific donation or purchase items to help support our cause, please click HERE
- Follow and share about us on Social Media. We're on Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Twitter and Google Plus!
- Contact us with more information on how you can help our kids.
All contributions are tax-deductible and 100% of donations will be used to provide desperately needed food, clothing and educational expenses for these children and their families.
Please help these deserving children and their families. They have endured more than most of us ever will. We can't take back what happened to these children, but with your help, we can change their future!
Checks should made be payable to F.R.E.E.
We at F.R.E.E. also accept donations of...
diapers, gently used clean clothing, shoes, bed sheets, blankets, mattresses, furniture, lamps, household supplies such as toilet paper, appliances such as microwaves and vacuum cleaners, rugs and food items (rice, rice noodles, dried beans, canned pineapple, corn meal, sweet potatoes, fresh fruit such as mangos, bananas, oranges, etc.).
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 2:15-17
Clarkston, Georgia Area Maps
Download maps below of some of the many apartments in Clarkston that cater to refugees.
English Oaks Apts.pdf
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Jolly Ave Apts.pdf
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United Methodist Church.pdf
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I-285 Bypass Routes.pdf
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2100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 119, B186, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Kelli Czaykowsky / President / Executive Director
Founder / Primary Contact
Allen Clark / Board Member
Refugee Support Agent / Alternate Contact