HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — After fleeing their home country of Afghanistan and spending months living in a hotel seeking asylum in the United States, Enayatullah and his family have finally moved into their own apartment.
“I feel better. The aftermath is much better because here it is a very good address. I like it here because my life here is safe. My wife, my children here are safe,” he said. declared.
Her children especially love the nearby park. Since moving in, Enayatullah and his pregnant wife have never taken time for granted. They both worked on their English and Enayatullah took a second job to save expenses and hopefully a car.
“It feels good to work and God willing I will continue to work. My goal is to buy a house. That is why I am working so hard now to afford myself a house one day and have a comfortable life” , did he declare.
Spectrum News first shared Enayatullah’s story in April, when the family was staying at a hotel in Anaheim. Since then, the Tiyya Foundation, the non-profit organization helping Enayatullah’s family resettle, has seen the surge of community support for the family.
Shukry Cattan, the foundation’s director of operations, said some families have already fallen into homelessness. That’s why they set up a housing program to help other refugees. So far, Cattan said the organization has helped house more than 10 families. The goal now is to help them find and maintain a stable income.
“Making sure that at least someone in the household has a good job with a good salary who can secure their finances to cover their expenses for rent, utilities which are one of the biggest stresses as living in Southern California is very expensive,” Cattan said.
While Enayatullah’s life in the United States is just beginning, he already has some goals in mind to improve his English, return to school, and create a better life for his family.
“We are comfortable, our mood is relaxed. Now my focus is on doing better today rather than waiting for tomorrow,” he said. “And I hope tomorrow will ultimately be better than today. I have a good feeling about this.”
Enayatullah’s journey is filled with hopes and dreams for the future. With enough willpower and determination, this could one day become a reality.