Iskashitaa Refugee Network (IRN)
Dr. Barbara Eiswerth, the founder and director of Iskashitaa, recruited refugee students in 2003 to participate in a project identifying locations where produce was going to waste in Tucson. They also worked to harvest and redistribute these locally grown foods. After organizing four youth mapping programs, Barbara received a grant from the United Way to begin regularly harvesting (gleaning) with refugees.
Iskashitaa has grown from a harvesting network to a diverse organization securing important needs of the Tucson refugee community. Programs have been developed to empower refugees through education, the development of practical life skills, and food security.
Iskashitaa has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for our work in promoting local food resources and empowering refugees. Our neighborhood harvesting builds a stronger, and more just community.
We are dedicated to raising awareness about issues that affect refugees and other marginalized groups We work to ease their transition into our society and collaborate with others to benefit of the refugee community.