Edmonton Metro - Glengarry School has been a hub of activity this summer, as Syrian kids aged 6 to 12 assemble to paint, play sports and get a jump on some academic work before they start school in the fall.
It’s one of nine summer programs for Syrian newcomers, made possible by $245,000 in funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The summer camps are a collaboration between many Edmonton groups. Coordinated by REACH Edmonton, groups like the Boys & Girls Club, Islamic Family and Social Services and the ASSIST Community Services Centre are all pitching in.
“Canada is working to ensure that Syrian refugees are connected to their new communities, in a meaningful way, as quickly as possible and REACH is proud to be a part of that,” Lindsay Daniller, Director of Community Initiatives and Strategic Development for REACH Edmonton, said in a release.
Refugees fleeing civil war began arriving in Canada late last year, with almost 3,000 settling in Alberta.