“I’m from Guinea, West Africa where a woman’s role is to be married after high school and serve her husband. My grandmother always told me this is my future and if I kept fighting, I would be killed. I told her, ‘I’m already dead. I may be breathing, but this is no life to live if you can’t follow your dreams.’ If I were with my sisters in Guinea right now, I would tell them, ‘Never think your dreams are impossible. I don’t know what it will cost you, but be strong, be positive and know you can achieve anything.’”
Stephanie is a resident at Hope House, Maine’s only dedicated residential program for asylum seekers. As immigrants work to transform their lives, they are provided educational, legal, social, and leadership-focused programs to increase their success in work and independent living. Learn how you can make a difference here.