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.