As a result of our successful fundraising efforts since 2012, IWA has been able to establish a program of philanthropy that both supports the organization’s mission of putting global understanding into practice and builds upon our community service programs to serve children in the Chicago Public School System. Our funding is being used to increase the resources devoted to the students of the George B. Swift Specialty School, a K-8 th grade port-of-entry school on Chicago’s north side. Swift School serves a population of low income, immigrant and refugee students from 55 countries who speak 65 languages and dialects. Of the approximate 700 students in the school, almost 50% are English language learners. These children face many barriers to successful assimilation into their new country and the Chicago community, including language, culture, and lack of financial resources.
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