Farm Workers in Northern Carolina are Recovering From the Fire

The Tubbs Fire that burnt more than 4,600 home in California is one the worst disasters to have ever happen in that area. Many people lost their belongings with some taking only their documents and others failing to rescue anything. The fire left nearly 38,500 people without any belonging, and they are now living without papers to prove their citizenship. The fire victims have made their temporary homes in Sonoma.

Sonoma County has several industries with many of the residents working in construction and processing industries. The food processing factories in Sonoma rely on immigrants for labor. The undocumented immigrants face a challenge of losing their jobs and also being left out of aid from the government because they may fear to apply. Many charitable organizations have contributed funds to help the victims who will be required to apply for them to get the funds. The little hope that undocumented immigrants are left with is with the UndocuFund officials. UndocuFund was launched by several concerned organizations before the fire to give aid to undocumented immigrants.

Sonoma County Farm Workers Health Survey said that most of the workers in the vineyard plantations are undocumented immigrants and Latino. According to them most of their workers will have to wait for up to three years to have a stable income. Most of the farm workers may face stiff competition when seeking employment due to lack of documents.

Days later and fire victims are getting aid to meet their needs and to start building their lives again. Omar Medina, a project coordinator at UndocuFund, made an effort to reach the affected families. Medina has also facilitated the training of Intake workers who offer medical services to fire victims in their homes. The partnership between UndocuFund and Operation Access will facilitate the provision of specialized medical care to undocumented immigrants.

Many families are gradually recovering whereas some are still trying to get the funding from organizations like North Bay Fire Relief Fund which raised over $16 to distribute to fire victims.