Volume 2 | February 2019
Building a future for refugee children
Dear CCI Friend,

When refugee children arrive in Ottawa, they need a helping hand to prepare for school.

For many refugee children, they have never seen the inside of a school. They were living in a refugee camp, denied the basic right of an education while their parents struggled to provide for them.

In our Children's Program, we introduce children to the basics, such as the alphabet and writing their own names. We teach them what it's like to be in a classroom through a variety of activities such as crafts and games. We work with them on learning the basics of English and math. They learn their numbers, colours, how to ask to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water. We want them to feel like they belong when they enter a classroom for the first time.

When you make a donation to the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, you are supporting programs like the Children's Program.

This month, please make a donation to ensure every refugee child gets the support they deserve.

Kindest regards,

Carl Nicholson
Executive Director
Studying for a better future
Douaa remembers her life as a refugee in Lebanon. She was working in a grocery store to help support her family, her dream of going to university put on hold.

Now, less than three years later, Douaa is a first-year student at Carleton University, pursuing a degree in political science.

“I left Syria for Lebanon in 2014 with my parents and three brothers because my brothers were going to be forced to join the army,” she remembers.

Millions of Syrians had fled their home country because of the brutal civil war.

When they were in Lebanon, Douaa was not allowed to go to school. She had to find a job as well to support her family.

Finally, in 2016, the family came to Canada as refugees. “I could not believe it. I was so happy."

Last fall, she started her first semester at Carleton. "I want to work at Parliament Hill or be a diplomat. I want to make a difference in people’s lives, especially for women who are not educated and need opportunities in life.” 

How Canada deals with refugees
This past year we have read many stories about people crossing our border and making claims for refugee status.

But there has been confusion about how the process works. One myth is that people who cross the border are being processed ahead of other refugees or are jumping ahead to the front of the line.

Let's bust this myth. Check out the accompanying graphic. Refugees who have applied to come to Canada are processed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. People who cross the border and claim asylum are processed by the Immigration Review Board.

Please share this fact on your social media feeds with #immigrationmatters.
Are you a CCI alumni?
We're looking for immigrants who received services from CCI. We want to hear from you! We want to share your success story with the community.

If you participated in a CCI program, please get in touch with us. We would love to share your story.

The power of monthly giving
Thank you for supporting refugees and immigrants. Your support means so much to the people who come to Ottawa to escape war, violence and poverty.

But did you know you can have a greater impact by being a monthly donor? Making a donation once a month adds up to a big impact at the end of the year.

A monthly donation provides stability and predictability for you and CCI. It's easy to sign up and is a more affordable way to give that adds up over time.

You can sign up for our monthly giving program by visiting our  donation pageemailing Dora   or calling 613-232-9634, ext. 359.
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