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Better Together

Back to School

Fugees Family, Inc.


Help resettled refugee children get back to school.

RAISED $6,947.30
GOAL $8,500.00

Fugees Family, Inc., one of the 2020 Five Nonprofits to Watch at The Columbus Foundation, is the nation’s only school network dedicated to educating and empowering child survivors of war. The Fugees Academy is committed to educating refugee children in an environment that understands their unique challenges and appreciates their unique strengths.


The Fugees Family's Columbus campus (Fugees Academy), home to 85 students and counting, is a space where young survivors of war can heal through learning with an intensive curriculum designed to bridge the language gap.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the struggles of these students have grown steeper. From food insecurity to poor or non-existent internet connectivity, students have faced inequities that have only compounded their struggles as refugees. To make classroom learning possible again in the same way it already is for many children across the state, Fugees Family, Inc. needs your help.

Academically, our growth has stagnated...Even our best attempts at virtual learning cannot replicate real-life school conditions, where so many important connections are made in the unique setting that is a school..."


— Emily Frutansky, Chief Academic Officer

Support for this Better Together campaign will help students stay on track, safely get back into the classroom, and provide the necessary tools for those studying at home. This will allow students to continue developing their English-language skills in a safe, supportive environment. 


To get back to school, each of their seven rooms will need:

  • A microphone, speaker set, webcam, display screen, and portable display cart, a stationary Chromebook, and classroom Zoom account to accommodate those who will continue to learn remotely
  • A sanitization station and wipes at every desk
  • Two to three fabric face masks and a water bottle for students and staff, and disposable face masks

$1,439 will fully fund the needs of one full classroom.


We are Better Together!

“We can - and we have an obligation to - bring our students and staff back safely." 


— Emily Frutansky, Chief Academic Officer


Fugees Family Inc


Work with child survivors of war and empower refugees to integrate successfully into their new country by providing them the support and structure they need to realize their vast potential.

Better Together projects are time-sensitive opportunities to improve our community, together. Whether this campaign falls short or exceeds its goal, all donations will help resettled refugee children get back to school.