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YES Program

Norma

Norma, Texas, 2007

The YES program was established following 9/11 to foster understanding between the United States and the Muslim World.

My wife and I have hosted two YES students. In our small community, experience with Muslim countries is most often a relative who has been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Norma and Shadi were excellent ambassadors for their countries and their religion. They brought a higher understanding to our small town, especially to the young people at the high school. There is no question our YES students had a positive impact on their school and the larger community. Continue reading

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Life with a Muslim Exchange Student

Volunteer Work, Texas, 2007

Volunteer Work, Texas, 2007

Somehow in our hosting journey we were transitioned from Slavic to Muslim daughters. After four daughters from Russia and Belarus as well as months spent in those two countries, having a Russian in the house became comfortable and predictable. Those things that made them Russian no longer seemed different or surprising but just what was to be expected. Without doubt, taking in a Muslim exchange daughter moved us out of our comfort zone and into a new learning experience. Continue reading

Ollie

Ollie

Ollie

What can one say about Ollie? He is a big, black, fuzzy dog. He is half-lab and half-chow. He has a lot to say. He is good at showing his teeth and scaring any workmen who come on our property. He would most like to be a lap dog. Sometimes we call him Mr. Woof. Continue reading

Norma

Norma

Norma

Norma was our fifth exchange daughter. Her home town is Rawalpindi, Pakistan and she was an exchange student in the United States for the 2006-2007 school year. Norma came to the United States as part of the Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES). She is a very clever girl who loves South Park, of all things.

Norma was a late arrival in our home. In the spring of 2007, we found ourselves without an exchange daughter, and Norma was in need of a place to live Continue reading