Celebrating 18 Years of Iskashitaa Refugee Network

August 2021
At Midnight MST
September 2021
11:45 PM MST
GOAL $3,000.00
120.9% REACHED!

About Our Auction

For 18 years, Iskashitaa Refugee Network has been creating opportunities for UN refugees in Southern Arizona, while educating the public, strengthening the local food system, reducing local food waste, and increasing food security.

Join in the celebration by participating in our virtual silent auction of handcrafted by Refugee artisans rag rugs, hand painted bottles, handmade jewelry and framed artwork. As well as several fun experience opportunities. All of our items are a chance to learn more about refugees in our communities, their culture, their crafts and how Iskashitaa Refugee Network works hard to provide opportunities for these global friends.

Monies raised will help us continue our work of welcoming and assisting UN Refugees in the Tucson area, as they settle into their new home. And you will have a unique handcrafted item or unique multicultural experience.

18 Days of bidding begins August 18th!

About Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Iskashitaa Refugee Network (IRN) is an intergenerational network of Tucson volunteers and UN refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, who locate, harvest, and re-distribute locally grown fruits and vegetables which would otherwise go to waste. IRN's goal is to empower recently arrived refugees by connecting them with a wide variety of resources and opportunities to interact with the community. Through gleaning activities, refugees are introduced to local farms, hydroponic and aquaponics operations, farmer’s markets and other community festivities as well as backyard and community gardens. IRN teaches community members about sustainable food systems and fruit tree identification, harvesting techniques and seeks to increase food security and improve self-sufficiency among refugee households and other families in need. Refugees from ~30 ethnic groups learn the geography of Tucson, gain valuable life skills, improve their English, develop a US work history and access to healthy foods and food preservation techniques.

Iskashitaa operates the only year-round gleaning program in Southern Arizona and educates on the multiple uses of traditional and nontraditional, native and non-native fruits, nuts, pods, seeds, and even flowers. Harvests include over 20 types of citrus and an additional 50 of food products from trees, herbs, and cacti.

IRN builds bridges in the community toward increased cultural competency and diversity awareness. All of Iskashitaa’s community relations have the underlying goal of increasing awareness and action for pressing human rights issues both locally and globally through direct contact with individuals and organizations in the Tucson community and beyond.

Iskashitaa is under the fiscal umbrella of St. Francis in the Foothills UMC, a federal 501c3 organization, EIN number 86-0388672.

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