Working with the Arab refugee and immigrant community in Iowa

Ebtehal AlZakrooty is a Monsoon advocate who mainly works with the Arab refugee and immigrant community in Iowa, many of whom are from Syria and Iraq. She plans activities based off of the monthly meetings she arranges with women from the Arab communities to discuss their needs. According to Ebtehal, difficulties in finding work, adjusting to a different culture, and reaching out for help are widely reported, but the close-knit ties within the Arab community facilitate working through these issues. In her four months of working with Monsoon, she has assisted community members in adjusting to the culture in the US while preserving their own through job training and language services, including teaching Arabic to children in the community. In the future, she plans to work more with Arab youth to address the issues they face, such as bullying and ostracization in school.