Kakaga Saguintaah is a RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps member at IC Compassion in Iowa City.
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.
"I think that being an AmeriCorps member is a way for me to get that experience. Working as an AmeriCorps member allowed me to make connections, meet new people, learn from new culture, and be more open-minded."