East African Coalition

Members of the East African Coalition of Waterloo Region, Peace For All Canada, African Women Alliance and the CIVIC HUB are appealing to you to volunteer two to four hours a week and provide after school homework support for children in grade 1-12 as well as Math and English tutoring program “Closing the Gap”. Both are now held online with all the necessary privacy and safety precautions for the children, families and volunteers.

As you may know, immigrant children are academically falling behind due to structural violence which is exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 on them and their families. Few immigrant households have access to online education materials, computers and access to reliable Internet.  Many immigrant families, kids and youth do not have mechanisms to communicate online during the pandemic. In addition, most of parents work in low income, physically exhausting and unpredictable working schedule jobs which is all destructive to family and community relationships.

Other activities to support families and communities

In January 4th PAC and Social Development Centre Waterloo Region facilitated a meeting between three organizations serving communities of African origin. The objective was to initiate dialogue to promote partnership, knowledge sharing and coordination among African people led organizations. The follow up meetings will continue monthly and will bring greater understanding and cohesion among diverse communities and cultures from East Africa.

Peace by Peaceful Means Peace by Peaceful Means – On January 28th, 29th, and on 1th and 2th February, Peace for All Canada, African Women’s Alliance will commence online ethno-cultural Gender Based Violence workshops to introduce culturally appropriate dialogue and understanding of the family violence that is exacerbated by the social and economic realities and preassures during the pandemic. There is a plan to run the educational workshops on weekly bases to ensure continuity and community appropriate responses long term.

In February Peace for All Canada and its partners will will commence ethno-cultural mental health education.

In the second week of February Peace for All Canada, with the support from the Social Development Centre, will start the Math and English tutoring program “Closing the Gap”. The objective of the project is to metigate impact of systemic racism and discrimination on black children’s academic performance in primary and secondary schools.

 

Mental Health Series

April 9 to 30, 2021 – The Peaceful Canada Mental Health Support Group presented a series of discussions to support mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the African immigrant community perspective and cultures: promotion of mental health and self-care; accessing resources, information and advice on how to build a support network; sharing experience and learning from each other; shame, stigma and attitudes around the COVID-19 patients.

In May 2021, Peace for All Canada, African Women’s Alliance and Glimmer of Hope organized outreach in underserved neighbourhoods to support the recruitment and registration for vaccination together with the regional Vaccination Task Force.

Contact us either by phone 519-7579-3800 ext.3 or civichub@waterlooregion.org if you wish to volunteer with the program.