About Karibu

Karibu (Welcome in Swahili) is an annual fashion show organized by the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) celebrating the cultural diversity of the New American community in the Burlington area.

This benefit event is a fun way to raise funds for our community’s most vulnerable immigrants:  asylum seekers. While their application is being processed, they are not allowed to work and cannot access services funded by the government. Our Asylum Seekers Assistance Program (ASAP) provides them with emergency funds to purchase essential personal hygiene items, diapers, food, and medicine. We also help them with navigating the red tape and paperwork.

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