The week's good news: July 15, 2021

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1. Brooklyn restaurant aims to 'empower refugees through culinary education'

They come with culinary traditions from their home countries — refugees from all corners of the world ready to learn new skills inside a Brooklyn kitchen. Emma's Torch — named in honor of Emma Lazarus, whose poem is on the Statue of Liberty — is a restaurant that provides job training for asylum-seekers as they wait for their hearings. During each 10-week program, the refugees earn $15 an hour, receiving up to 400 hours of training. Founder Kerry Brodie told CBS News she opened the restaurant five years ago as a way to "empower refugees through culinary education." So far, 120 refugees have finished the program, representing 40 countries, including Russia, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam. Nearly every graduate has been able to find work, including Naseema Bachsi. She left Afghanistan to escape the Taliban, and after completing the program at Emma's Torch, was hired at the award-winning Sahadi's grocery store in Brooklyn. Today, she is their head chef.

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