Kakaga Saguintaah is a RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps member at IC Compassion in Iowa City, where she provides assistance with translation and helps newly arrived Iowans apply for citizenship.
Originally from the Nawdoum culture located in northern Togo, Kakaga came to the United States in 2009. She was initially resettled in Illinois, before moving to Iowa. Once in Iowa City Kakaga discovered IC Compassion and found out that the organization was involved in serving the community, something she was used to from back home in Togo. Kakaga decided to empower and uplift refugees in the community and joined RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps.
"Working as an AmeriCorps member has allowed me to make connections, meet new people, learn from new cultures, and be more open-minded."
Kakaga also has an interest in serving with the Peace Corps and may use her RefugeeRISE experience to pursue that in the future.