Yawo Agble is a dreamer. His dream is to help others. Agble is from Ghana in West Africa. He described Ghana as a beautiful country full of wonderful people, but Agble dreamed of more. He wanted more opportunities for his education and career, and he believed the United States would be the place for him to pursue these dreams.
Agble arrived in the U.S. in January of 2010. He found his first job working for Walmart in July of that year. He received his degree in translation before coming to the U.S. and speaks French, English and a little German. However, he said even with his experience, he found understanding people in America difficult. One day, a coworker mentioned that YWCA Tulsa had a variety of classes that might be able to help him. Agble went to YWCA and enrolled in citizenship classes so he could start pursuing his dreams.
“I learned a lot about this country,” he said. “I learned the laws, the history and much more.”
Agble believes citizenship classes have opened up more opportunities for him, and have presented more possibilities for his future. “I am currently a supervisor for Coca-Cola refreshments,” he said. “I want to work for U.S. Aid. I want to help people and make a difference in people’s lives. My dream is to give back to the community.”
Agble came to the U.S. by himself, leaving behind Afi Awoute, the woman he had known and loved for eight years. About a year after he arrived in the U.S., Agble returned to Ghana to marry Awoute. With YWCA’s help, he began the process of bringing her to the United States. Awoute reached the U.S. in March of 2014.
Awoute is from a French country and spoke no English when she arrived in the states. She enrolled in YWCA’s ELL classes and has quickly begun developing her language skills, advancing from beginner to level four classes. She is now one of the trainers at her job.
“That tells you a lot about the benefits of coming to YWCA,” Agble said. “The teachers are amazing. They are all helpful and kind and the staff made my wife and I feel welcome. They knew us by name. When people welcome you with warmth, it can make a difference.”
Agble and Awoute have now made a new life for themselves in America, including the welcoming of their daughter, Miracle. Adjusting to the culture shock was difficult at first, but after classes with YWCA they began to feel more confident about their new home.
“I hope people take advantage of this amazing organization,” said Agble. He said he is thankful for the support YWCA has provided for his family, and for the opportunities that allow him to continue to dream.
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