PIRS programs have a pivotal impact on the lives of immigrant and refugee woman and their families. From learning language, to building confidence and getting ready to join the workforce, PIRS meets newcomer women's potential with opportunity.
- “There were times when I questioned my life here. I couldn’t speak the basics of the English language, but giving up was never an option and never will be.” says Fatima, a Building Bridges graduate who is now a team leader at her first job in Canada.
- "I'd like to come and help you anytime because this is what family members do! When I came to Vancouver 8 months ago, I felt very lonely but after starting volunteer work at PIRS, I found a family!" says Amandeep, one of our Volunteers.
PIRS supports women through every stage of their settlement journey. In 2019, immigrant and refugee women faced many of the same challenges that PIRS’ Founders recognized in 1975 – language barriers, lack of childcare and social isolation. This year alone, your support has helped us provide 23 programs to 1,597 participants from 50 countries of origin, out of which 55% were refugees. Next year, we want to challenge ourselves to do even more!We depend on donations from people like you. Consider this,
- The cost of enrolling one woman in a PIRS program for 1 year is $2,500. That’s just $50 per week and includes childcare.
- For $20, the cost of 4 specialty coffees, PIRS provides nutritional snacks for 20 women and children each week, or classroom supplies for one woman for 2 months.
- $200 pays bus transportation for 20 women for a month.
- $250 gives immigrant women 10 hours with Outreach Workers to navigate services for their families.
Even the smallest donation will have a big impact. With your support, we can empower immigrant and refugee women and children to fully participate in Canadian life through neighbourhood-based, accessible and inclusive programs. We want to extend our challenge to you: help us do more!