Dear Friend of the New Canadians Centre,
“I was five years old when the civil war in Rwanda broke out.
Soldiers stormed my family’s home. We were forced to leave our house. We had no food. We had no water. We lived in refugee camps where thousands of people died from disease, including my father and the baby my mother was carrying.
My name is Imaniragena Charlotte Nzabondera.
I want to share my story with you today. I want to tell you how the Women’s Group at the New Canadians Centre changed my life.”
In 2016, when Charlotte arrived at the New Canadians Centre she could not speak English.
“For someone who never had a chance to go to school, the Women’s Group at the New Canadians Centre was my first classroom.”
Two years later, Charlotte can read and write and speak English. She is learning skills that will lead to future employment.
“Every Wednesday and Thursday I look forward to coming to the New Canadians Centre. Every week I am learning something. Sewing and cooking skills. How to read and write in English. My confidence is growing. I have dreams and hopes and one day, when my children are older, I will pursue them.”
Your gift to the New Canadians Centre helps to deliver life-enriching programs for over 800 newcomers like Charlotte. Every year.
Programs that develop language and promote skills building to help secure employment.
For just $10 a month, your generosity can transform lives!
Help us build a diverse Peterborough, newcomers can call home!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Hajni Hos, Executive Director
We are a Member Agency of the United Way of Peterborough & District.