ESLN Technology:Assisting Afghans to Relocate, Educate, Assimilate (AAREA)

This project will provide Afghan and other refugee families recently relocated to Buffalo, New York, with assistance to navigate the healthcare system and locate health information in their native languages. WNYLRC will purchase equipment to provide to refugee families through the International Institute of Buffalo. Caseworkers and volunteers at the IIB will distribute 39 devices to participants already enrolled in IIB programs. The devices can be used at the IIB or at public libraries for the most secure connections. Assisting families to apply for free Internet service through the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program is another hopeful outcome of the program. A list of websites, most prominently MedlinPlus,containing health information in native Afghan and other languages has been provided in the grant proposal.


Project Lead: Western New York Library Resources Council
Project Lead: Grace DiVirgilio


Geographic Type: Medically Underserved Areas/Populations, Urban
Issues & Interests: Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations
Roles of Participants Project is Intended to Serve: Library or Information Professional, Organization Staff - Community Based

Award Details

Funding Source: Region 7
Project Category: Improvement
Period of Performance: Mar 1, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022
Project Status: Completed

Project Funding

Federal Fiscal Year 2021: $10,558