The People We Serve
Before They Came to Canada
Africa and the Middle East, where many of our clients come from, are war-ravaged regions. Many of our community members have experienced so much violence, destruction, and calamities. Many of our clients suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Furthermore, most of our community members came to Canada from refugee camps after persistent mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. Many of them have resettled to urban centres in Canada, but they lived in rural regions in their homelands. The changes that accompany this transition is often jarring. We observe that many of our community members would benefit from traditional ways of healing the traumas of migration and displacement; adult literacy programs that are culturally sensitive; and language classes directed by their ethnolinguistic community; empowering working culture, economic and family management, computer and financial literacies, cross-cultural awareness, etc.