A Challenge for Canadian Businesses This Holiday Season

The Tuesday after US Thanksgiving is #GivingTuesday. This is a peace-filled day dedicated to giving time and money to charities and people in need. Many charities, such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, are partnering with sponsors who are offering to match donations today (and throughout the month).

Giving to Refugees

The Canadian government has recently pledged to bring 25,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to Canada by the end of February 2016. Like many Canadians, we at ESL Library feel that the duties and responsibilities of welcoming any refugee into Canada should not rest solely on the government. A combined effort from individuals, community groups, charities, businesses (small, medium, and large), and municipal, provincial, and federal government agencies will help these new Canadians adapt to their new lives.

Computers are a necessity

In addition to food, shelter, clothing, and the right to education, every refugee family needs Internet access. We believe Internet access is a human right and an essential tool in helping new Canadians achieve health, happiness, and success in their new country.

ESL Library was happy to donate computer equipment to three new refugee families in Winnipeg this week. Each family is receiving a new Chromebook and printer, along with access to many of our online language-learning tools.

A challenge to all Canadian businesses

Purchasing three computers is achievable for a small company like ours with a team of just six people (Chromebooks cost about $200). We think every Canadian business (small or large) can donate at least one Chromebook to a refugee family. In fact, we are presenting this as a challenge to Canadian businesses. Together, let’s provide every refugee family with a laptop. We’ll share more details about our challenge later this month, so please stay tuned. If you need information about how to donate a computer to a refugee family in Canada, please contact us with the subject Chromebook Challenge.

The Red Cross

We thought #GivingTuesday would be the perfect day to release our NEW Famous Things lesson on the Red Cross. In this intermediate lesson, students learn about the history of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Learners practice related words and discuss the core principles of the Red Cross, including impartiality and neutrality.


Search #GivingTuesday on Twitter to see all of the great things people are doing today.


Leave a Comment ↓

  1. kim Huong says:

    Dec 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for your useful material.
    I think it is almost great for my teaching.
    By the way, i am really thank you again.

  2. Dana Davila says:

    Dec 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I am very proud of our neighbors to the North for their humanitarian spirit!! These refugees are worthy of shelter and protection after leaving a horrible situation in their country. I am sure not one of them WANTED to leave their country and live in a foreign land but the circumstances were such that they had to flee. We, in the USA should take lessons from the Canadians and do the same without being so paranoid! Thank you ESL library for all you do. Dana

    • Tara Benwell says:

      Dec 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Dana. It has been nice to see all of the #WelcomeToCanada messages on Twitter this week. In my community there was a donation drive for Syrian refugees a few nights ago, and the moms who organized it had to close the doors because they received too many items. Now it’s time for all of us to give the gift of time and friendship.
      Happy Holidays,

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