Ms. Frankie Capers, Food & Service worker at Georgetown University and her grandson Rhondell have safely landed in Orlando, Florida for their week-long vacation! They will be staying at the Vacation Village at Parkway Resort, which is only a 10-15 minute ride away from Disney. They have a super exciting week ahead of them, with visits to Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort, among other sites!!
Food & Service
"I’m blessed to be celebrating my 57th birthday! I don’t have a real birthday this year because I was born on 29th of February which is on a leap year...If I had one wish, If I had a genie bottle, I would go on a trip to Florida and I would just relax. Maybe go on a vacation to Disney or something and just relax with my grandson. He’s 11 years old. That’s my dream, just to go sometime this summer and let him see something else other than DC.
"I don't have much of a big hope for myself. I only hope my daughter can find a good husband to marry, to have a happy family, and that they will treat their parents well. That will be enough for me. Just like many new immigrants from China, we had a big dream that we could make a fortune when we came to America; the dream shattered after we arrived. The reality is that we have to work long hours day and night long, mostly in a restaurant. We work so hard, but only get by. So now I’ve adjusted my hopes to have a stable life. That's good enough for me.
"Sometimes when I see the students sneezing and coughing, I go downstairs to make them some hot tea with honey and lemon packs..I tell them to get lots of rest and I pray that they get better the next day. I like seeing the kids happy. I give some of them birthday presents and Christmas presents and If I could afford it, I’d give a gift to every one of them.
“I am grateful to the students for everything that they did for me [to raise the money] and making it possible to see my family. I've been thinking a lot and I don't think that right now is the best time to travel back home to South Sudan. There is a lot of problems going on over there right now and I may be safer here in the United States this year.
"I served in the Army for 16 years. Serving this country was the greatest experience in the world. It was my duty to fight and protect the freedom that we sometimes take for granted. If you ever get the opportunity to go to see other countries and see how they live, you’d be surprised. I’m proud to be an American. With everything that's going on in the United States, I tell the students that you guys are our future leaders. We need y'all to fix the problems that are affecting this country. I remember when people used to say that we’d never have a black president. But then it happened.
"There is a side of Washington, D.C. that a lot of people don’t know about and where tourists won’t go. I’m talking about the north-east side and south side of DC. It’s like a jungle man, everything there is backwards.. I’ve been involved in multiple gun fights throughout my life...
"My mom and I moved to the United States last year. She’s having a really tough time adjusting to the culture here. She doesn’t speak English very well and it’s hard for her to find a job. I’m working hard now to help her financially.. Family is very important part of my culture in Ethiopia - we have to support each other. I’m taking sociology classes at Montgomery College and working here as a cashier on the side. Working and going to college at the same time is tough but it is teaching me a lot..
"I work in the kitchen and make the sandwiches and salads for the students. I start from 6 in the morning and end at 2 in the afternoon every day from Sunday through Thursday. I’m planning on retiring in a few years.. I want to go back to Guadalajara in Mexico. My husband and I have been working for years since 1990 to pay off the house that we bought, paying it off little by little every year. We finally paid it off and now I can enjoy life because of our hard work! America is a beautiful country especially because of the opportunities here.. In America, you can always work your way up.
"I was born in Southern Sudan. I left my country in 1965 and spent 21 years of my life living in west Africa - especially in Liberia. Life here [in America] is nice… I really miss my home. I haven’t been back to Southern Sudan in a long time - almost 45 years.. I have been here at Georgetown for over 20 years now. One of my favorite memories here at Georgetown was attending the Abissa show on campus.. They have a showcase every year that really reminds me of my home country. When I went to the show, the students were so happy to see me!