See Me, Hear Me: Stories of Refugees in Des Monies


delphi enamorado

Title: Untitled, from the "Silueta" series

Delphi Enamorado is a multilingual advocate at Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She is from the Karen ethnic community and was born and grew up in Thailand Refugee Camp. As an advocate at Monsoon since 2012, Delphi works mostly with Burmese ethnic communities, providing direct services and conducting community outreach. She also has several years of volunteer experience in Thailand in Refugee Camp and in the United States with refugee populations. Delphi is currently pursuing further education at Des Moines Area Community College and her interests are music, weaving for community healing and soccer. 

Sharon Ndikurugamba

Title: Untitled, from the "Silueta" series

Sharon Ndikurugamba was born in Rwanda and grew up in Kenya. She and her family were resettled in the United States in 2009. Ndikurugamba works as a multilingual advocate for sexual assault victims at Nisaa African Family Services, providing direct aid and conducting community outreach and education. She also has several years of work and volunteer experience in Kenya and in the United States with immigrant populations. She is currently pursuing a degree in human services and her interests are reading, playing with her kids, and walking in the park. Ndikurugamba is a wife and mother to three beautiful children.

Wasan Waham

Title: Untitled, from the "Silueta" series

Wasan Waham was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and came to the United States in 2009. She received earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering from the University of Baghdad and worked in Turkey before emigrating. After coming to the United States, she completed a Master’s degree in Project Management from DeVry University, Chicago, Illinois. On March 11, 2013, Waham became a United States citizen. She currently works at Catholic Charities in Des Moines as a reception and placement case manager and housing specialist for the refugee resettlement program. Waham actively advocates and supports refugee communities in Iowa.


Claudia Schabel

Title: Untitled, from the "Silueta" series

Claudia Schabel, President of Schabel Solutions, combines over a decade of experience as a Diversity and Inclusion strategist with Fortune 100 and 500 companies with an international multicultural background to offer impactful coaching, training and consulting services in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency to business, educational and not-for-profit organizations.

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