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Raahat Project

Last updated: January 11, 2024

Raahat is the name of CVT’s project serving Afghan refugees who are living in Minnesota. The clinical team chose the name “Raahat” because it means “comfort” or “ease” in Dari, Farsi and Pashto, the primary languages spoken by the Afghan community we serve in Minnesota. The name Raahat conveys the essence of emotional well-being, tranquility and relief – all essential mental health components. The word is commonly used to encourage someone to find solace and comfort. We appreciate the way the word aligns with our core objective, as we aim to offer comfort and ease to Afghan community members as they navigate the challenges of their new life adjustments.

Whom We Serve
The Raahat project provides services designed to support Afghan individuals and families who have recently resettled in the United States. We understand and respect the distinct needs of our clients, and our commitment is to offer services that are precisely aligned with those needs. We serve people of all backgrounds, race, language, gender, age, religion and ethnicity.

We incorporate cultural competence into every aspect of our services, ensuring that clients feel comfortable and understood as they work toward rebuilding their lives in the United States.”

Culture and Language
We provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to our clients, offered both in Dari and Pashto. We incorporate cultural competence into every aspect of our services, ensuring that clients feel comfortable and understood as they work toward rebuilding their lives in the United States.

OUR SERVICES

Social Support Groups and Activities

We offer regular eight- to 10-week group sessions tailored to various ages and identities to support newly arrived Afghans as they take their path to personal growth and well-being. Our sessions encompass a range of topics, including community building, cultural adaptation, overall health, goal setting, parenting in the West and the establishment of a wellness-focused community. These sessions are conducted in collaboration with our valued partner, Afghan Culture Society.

Psychotherapy
CVT’s Raahat team is made up of caring therapists who understand the challenges that immigrants and refugees, including Afghans in the United States, may face. Our therapists can assist clients in dealing with issues like difficulties with sleeping, fear, everyday stress and more. We strive to support clients on their journey to finding health and peace in their new home in Minnesota.

Social Work Services
Adapting to a new environment can be challenging. Through our case management services, our dedicated team of case managers work closely with clients to provide essential support in areas including housing, employment, access to education and social services. By addressing these practical needs, we empower clients to build a foundation for a more secure and self-reliant future.

Contact Us
If you, or someone you know in Minnesota, is a new Afghan arrival seeking support, healing and empowerment, CVT’s Raahat team is here for you. We offer a caring hand and a compassionate heart. Together, we can work towards a brighter future.

For Community Partners:
Naweed Ahmadzai
Phone: 612-267-2974
Email: Naweed.Ahmadzai@CVT.org

For Clients:
For Dari speakers:
Diana Raofi
Phone: 612-998-2546
Email: draofi@cvt.org

For Pashto speakers:
Zainab Quraishi
Phone: 612-559-1625
Email: zquraishi@cvt.org