Though the journey has been difficult, the Karen newcomers hope that their new lives in Canada will bring new opportunities to live in peace and safety. Recognizing this need, a group of individuals has come together to form the Karen Initiative, a non-profit society that was formed to assist Karen refugees as they settle and adjust to life in Canada.
Throughout 2007 the Karen Initiative has been involved in gathering and distributing donations such as furniture and clothing, as well as assisting with life skills and learning English. Ultimately, we hope to provide the newcomers with the resources and tools necessary to successfully integrate into Canadian society.
The Karen Initiative exists to:
- Inform the communities in the Greater Vancouver Area of the arrival of Karen refugees for the purpose of generating awareness and creating a network of support.
- Identify and meet the needs of the Karen that are not being met by government-funded agencies.
- Inspire communities to mobilize in service of the Karen refugees in the local community.
- Provide a link between the needs of the Karen and the generosity of Canadians.