Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) is proud to announce that Seham, a student in SFBFS’ Adult Education program, took the oath of United States citizenship on November 16, 2011 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. Saham joined over 1,700 other new citizens in a ceremony that lasted over five hours. During the ceremony, the new citizens filled out Social Security forms and were encouraged to register to vote.
Saham, a native of Sudan, came to the United States six years ago after spending seven years in Egypt. In early April 2011, she enrolled in English as a Second Language classes at SFBFS. In August, she announced that she had two weeks to prepare for an English language test in order become a U.S citizen. Seham was tutored intensively by volunteers and she passed the test.
As a result of her hard work, she and her children, who automatically became U.S. citizens when Seham took her oath, now have all the rights and privileges that go with citizenship. Seham was joined at the ceremony by her husband, Mustafa, her son Ahmed and her daughters Amal and Mhath. Dan Allen, SFBFS Adult Education Program Manager, attended the ceremony on behalf of SFBFS. Congrats to Saham!
Written by Dan Allen, Adult Education Program Manager