Photos courtesy of The World in Fargo-Moorhead
The World in Fargo-Moorhead is a community project that shows the immense diversity of foreign-born residents now living in the Red River Valley—one portrait and story at a time. Each month, FargoMonthly.com features individuals photographed and interviewed by the participants in The World in Fargo-Moorhead.
You can find more information about The World in Fargo-Moorhead project at Facebook.com/TheWorldInFM, Twitter.com/TheWorldInFM and Instagram.com/TheWorldInFM. You can also view more videos on their YouTube channel.
Anyone interested in participating in the project can email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message on the project’s Facebook page. Newcomers are welcome to attend the project’s monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fercho conference room at the Fargo Public Library, 102 N 3rd St., Fargo.
Anne Denton | Germany
Photo by Birgit Pruess | @theworldinfm
“I came to the U.S. in 2000 with my husband and we both noticed that it’s easier for foreigners to live in the U.S. than Europe. My husband is Canadian, and after 4 years in Europe, he was still a ‘foreigner.’ After half a year in North America, I was just somebody who had immigrated later than others. Also, the U.S. system is much more supportive of working moms, and it is easier and much more common for women to have a career.
“For me, the biggest difference between the two countries is that in Germany, the Green Party has been part of government since the 1980s. If the Dakota Access pipeline was to be built in Germany it just wouldn’t happen. It wouldn’t even be close. Considering climate change concerns, I think there is a point for that.”
Carolina Aleman | Spain
Photo by Juan Carlos Casares | @theworldinfm
“The word that defines me the best is HOPE. I think and I believe that hope changes everything. Hope is following me wherever I go, and (I) always try to keep it.
“I was living comfortably in Spain, but I wasn’t as happier as I am right now. I changed my life in all the aspects, and now I can say that I am in the beginning of me!
“Being in (the) U.S., and working in the job that I love is a blessing. The decision of changing my life completely was worth it, hard but worth it. I am very happy and blessed because I have everything I need and more.
“U.S. gave me the opportunities that I didn’t have in my country. Here you can rebuild yourself from the beginning. Here you can be whatever you dream if you believe in yourself.
“Thank you for this opportunity, and thank you to this amazing community in Moorhead, Minnesota.”
Carolina Aleman is a teacher at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead.
Mrs. Surjeet Sarpal & Dr. Lakhbir Sarpal | India
Photo Fauzia Haider | @theworldinfm
Dr. and Mrs. Sarpal left India in 1968. Dr. Sarpal is a trained general surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), England. The Sarpals lived and worked in Ireland, England, and Canada before moving to Beach, ND, in 1986. The Sarpals moved to Fargo in 1991.
“We like the nice, friendly people, a better place, we are comfortable here, we don’t need big cities or a big town This is a proper sized town with every amenity, low crime rate, and we have felt no change in the attitudes of people for the last 26 years. It has been good for us.”
Zalmai King | Afghanistan
Photo and interview by Birgit Pruess | @theworldinfm
“I love Fargo. I came to Fargo in 2011 for visit. I fall in love with the people in the community here. In 2014, I moved to Fargo from Kona, Hawaii. Me and my best friend started nonprofits working with widows, orphans. Also, I work with refugees. I enjoy (the) international community and love culture and language.”
Mytch Dorvilier | Haiti
“I came here about 20 years ago. It’s for political reason. At one point, it has become so unsafe for us and our kids, so we decided one summer we will leave Haiti and come to (the) United States.
“The church who received us rented an apartment for us. It was very humble for them to do that because each one of our children has a room. It’s like we were home.”
About The World in Fargo-Moorhead
The World in Fargo-Moorhead shows the immense diversity of foreign-born residents now living in the Red River Valley—one portrait and story at a time. Modeled after Humans of New York, the project features portraits and interviews of immigrants, refugees, students and/or workers on temporary visas who live in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
The World in Fargo-Moorhead officially launched in September 2016 as an exhibit for Welcoming Week at the Main Public Library in downtown Fargo. It was created as a collaborative effort among photo enthusiasts to raise awareness about the range of cultures that define our area.
The money raised from your generous contribution will fund the following:
- Photo prints, frames and text panels for our upcoming exhibit
- Stipends for exhibit coordinators and our exhibit curator
- Promotional materials including flyers, postcards and posters
- Social media advertising
- Miscellaneous materials needed to fund the project for the coming year. Help us keep The World in Fargo-Moorhead going. Your contribution is 100 % tax deductible. Any amount is appreciated.
* The fiscal sponsor for this fundraising effort is The Human Family, a 501c3 organization. So, your donation is tax deductible.