ELL Welcome Centre: Bridge Program Community Tours
$300 raised
4% of $6.9k goal
3 contributors
44 Weeks running

The Bridge program supports vulnerable, at-risk English Language Learners (ELL). Students involved often come from refugee camps and are ages 15 to 19. They have had little formal education, few experiences in the community and are new to Surrey. The Bridge program helps students across the district acclimatize to their new environment while learning and building connections with others. Students involved in the program are supported in hands-on/minds-on learning in the community through tours, workshops and field trips.

ELL Welcome Centre is asking The Vancouver Sun Children's Fund for $6,900 to provide cultural experiences and learning opportunities for refugees. These families are the most vulnerable in terms of language, schooling, and finances. The families supported are far below the poverty line, new to Canada, have limited English and are often from refugee backgrounds, which is a barrier to accessing resources and other opportunities in the community.


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We know that when we start our annual Adopt-a-School campaign this fall, we will continue to hear — and report — stories of the plight of children living in our cities, and our neighbourhoods, many of whom go to school every day without having had a good breakfast, without warm clothing and the basic necessities they require to get the best start in life.

We know, too, that our readers will continue to help us improve their situation, to provide breakfast and lunch and jackets and shoes, to those who need it most.

Since the day our first Adopt-a-School news story was published in the fall of 2011, generous Vancouver Sun readers have helped us raise close to $5 million to improve the lives of B.C.’s neediest school children.

The 2018 campaign alone resulted in a record $923,774 being granted to 129 public schools across the province to feed, clothe and provide for impoverished children and their families.

The money you donate helps teachers and school staff who are dealing with children suffering from the effects of poverty and enables them to provide breakfast or lunch, or food at weekends.  We are grateful for that, and for the opportunity to make a difference.

“The plight of these children and their families is a major social issue. This newspaper’s editorial policy is that government must recognize there are thousands of children coming to school hungry every day and do something to alleviate it,” said Harold Munro, editor in chief of The Vancouver Sun and Province, and chair of The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund, under which Adopt-a-School operates.

“It should not be left solely in the hands of sympathetic teachers, volunteers and the charity of the public.” (In 2018) our readers responded magnificently. Their generosity has been overwhelming and everyone who helped us with a donation has my deepest gratitude.”



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