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Matthew House

The first step towards independence

You know what’s worse than living in a country where you can’t speak the language? Living a country where you can’t speak the language during a pandemic!

Many newcomers to Canada have a front row seat to the disruption caused by COVID-19.  Not only do they find themselves isolated in a foreign land, but for refugees who can’t speak English, their ESL classes (English as a Second Language) have come to a halt.  Schools, churches and community centres where the classes were once held have closed their doors and all learning has gone online.  Unfortunately, many people accessing these courses don’t have computers, laptops or ipads to make the switch to digital learning.

Aaron, a 22-year-old high school grad from Ethiopia, arrived in Canada at the end of last year.  As a resident at Matthew House, he desperately wants to continue his English studies as he sees this as the first step towards independence in his new country.

How you can help

Troop is working with our friends at Reboot Canada to provide refurbished electronics to students (young and old) in our neighbourhood who need it most.  We’re pooling funds to purchase a used laptop for Aaron.   A small gesture, but a big step towards his desired independence.

$200.00 of $200.00 target

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This need is open until:
May 14, 2020

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More Details: Matthew House

Matthew House has been supporting refugees in downtown Toronto for over 20 years. They offer shelter, settlement support and newcomer programs to help make the best of what is often a difficult transition. They aim to inspire hope, restore dignity and empower independence for refugee claimants.

They believe they can make a difference and they do. Their work has inspired the opening of 10 additional refugee homes across Canada.
Location: 
981 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W4

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