Saving Stories Mission
In the fall of 2013 the Saving Stories project was launched in the Baldwin and Whitehall communities in suburban Pittsburgh, PA. Allegheny County is home to Pennsylvania's second highest percentage of resettled refugees. These refugees, whose families have been displaced from their homeland for a generation or longer, resettle here with limited or no formal schooling. The process of learning to read in English is easier when a foundation in native literacy exists. Unfortunately, many of our students and older refugees are not literate in their native languages. There are few appropriate bilingual resources to help the children and adults learn to read in their first language. Thus Saving Stories was created. This project has become a community -wide collaborative effort to collect, record and preserve native stories, folk tales, poems and songs from our refugee population. This project's many benefits are outlined below.