CWB National Leasing’s GenNext pod teamed up with 25 refugees from Somalia, Ghana and Syria this past weekend to show them a warm Winnipeg welcome over a game of soccer.
“After hearing about all the refugees walking across the border these past few months, and the dire situations they were coming from, we wanted to do something to help,” says Ryan Lobo, CWB National Leasing GenNext member. “United Way put us in touch with Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute to talk about ways we could make a difference for newcomers in need, and we decided to organize a donation drive and a soccer game.”
Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute (CMWI) is an inclusive Muslim-based non-profit organization in Winnipeg that provides programming and services to empower newcomers and their families.
“All immigrants are interested in meeting new people and learning more about their new home,” says Yasmin Ali, Volunteer Board President, CMWI. “Sometimes, apprehension about how to act and lack of language can be barriers for communication.”