Remaining wishes: Noheli family

Issa Noheli, 61, looks down at his 1-year-old granddaughter Vanessa during a walk with his family outside of their apartment in south Austin. The Noheli family are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who have resettled in Austin. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Issa Noheli, 62, looks down at his 1-year-old granddaughter Vanessa during a walk with his family outside of their apartment in south Austin. The Noheli family are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who have resettled in Austin. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It’s a new year, and a new start for many of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring. This week we’re highlighting the progress they have made since we introduced you to them on Nov. 27, and what needs the families still have.

Issa Noheli, 62, and his family came to Austin after living for 17 years in refugee camps in Central Africa. When one of those camps was attacked, he was shot and lost his leg.

The giving for the Noheli family was slow, but some of the family’s wishes have begun to come true. An electric scooter for Noheli has been donated and the family’s agency, Interfaith Action of Central Texas, is hoping to negotiate a deal to use Season for Caring funds toward a prosthetic leg.

The family also has new mattresses from Factory Mattress and the agency bought bunk beds using Season for Caring funds.

The children received soccer balls and cleats from Soccer Assist and bikes from Waste ConnectionsWatch a video here.

They have many items on their wish list still:

• A gently used car.

• H-E-B, Walmart and Target gift cards
• Assistance in renting a four or five bedroom house inside Austin and close to a CapMetro bus route.
• Assistance repaying costs of air travel to move to U.S.
• Interpreter services for Issa’s medical and rehabilitation needs.
• Driving lessons for Issa and Colette.
• Child care of preschool for granddaughter Vanessa so her mother and grandmother can work during school hours.
• English learning software.
• One on one tutoring support.
• Bedroom dressers.
• Vacuum
• Car insurance.
• Gas cards.
• Laptop computer.
• Vocational counseling and training for Colette and her two adult daughters.
• A prosthetic leg and rehabilitation.
• Counseling and support for Issa.

To help, call Interfaith Action of Central Texas at 512-386-9145 or visit interfaithtexas.org.

To make a financial donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring or send a check to Season for Caring, P.O. Box 50066, Austin, Texas 78763-0066.