The Syrian refugee crisis has dominated recent international headlines - with Canada welcoming over 25,000 Syrian refugees and Manitoba alone, planning to resettle about 500 families.
In partnership with The University of Winnipeg and the Axworthy Health & RecPlex, the Newcomer Soccer and Multi-Sport Academy is working with local refugee families to provide opportunities to participate in sport and other recreational activities that will help them adapt to their new life in Canada.
FITNESS CLASSES FOR SYRIAN AND NEWCOMER WOMEN
Physical activity is important for all members of the family, including women. This not only provides health benefits, but an opportunity to create and foster a sense of community for these families that are new to Winnipeg.
At the University of Winnipeg Axworthy Health & RecPlex, the Newcomer Soccer and Multi- Sport Academy is endeavouring to offer culturally appropriate physical activity for mothers, older sisters and any of the girls who wish to participate in classes such as yoga and zumba.
Participants in zumba class
Along with taking part in the fitness classes, these women are also consulted with and asked to provide input regarding the type of the programming offered. This is crucial in creating an inclusive environment that is culturally appropriate and comfortable for all.
"jحضور دروس الرقص مع أمهاتنا كان أمرا رائعا. بإمكاننا ممارسة كرة القدم ثم الإلتحاق بأمهاتنا لمشاركتهن دروس الرقص.
هذا البرنامج جيد و مفيد لنا جميعا, فهو يساعد أمهاتنا على أن يكونوا بصحة جيدة والتعرف على أصدقاء جدد.
Having these classes is very fun for us to exercise with our mothers. We can play soccer and then do these dance classes with our mothers. This program is good for all of us. It helps our mothers be healthy and they meet new people in the community."
- Asma, Yara and Tihany (fitness course participants)
These classes are open to all newcomer women.
This program is an opportunity for Syrian and newcomer women to connect during what for many is a stressful time of change and transition. Existing programs like our Syrian soccer program have had a tremendous positive effect within our new Syrian refugee community and we feel it is important to continue to build off of this momentum and expand our offering to include all members of the family.
Thanks to the Axworthy Health & RecPlex’s commitment to reserve one third of the facility’s time and space for inner-city community members at no cost, the extent of what we can offer is significantly more achievable financially. However, there are still programming costs that need to be covered to ensure the fitness courses are accessible and open to newcomer women.
Your support will cover the cost of instructors who will be teaching these courses on a weekly basis over a 12-week period. This fundraising effort will allow us to get up and running in the short-term while we apply and search for grants and financial support from other sources that will make this important initiative viable in the long-term.
Please help us welcome these families that have been through so much just to get here. While it may be difficult for many of us to imagine where they have come from, we all can share in a vision of working together to create a bright future for all of us.
Your gift, be it $2 or $2,000, will go a long way in making this vision a reality. Thank you for your kind consideration and please remember to share this page with your family and friends. All gifts will receive a charitable tax receipt.
If you don’t want to make a gift online, you can also send a cheque to:
The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901 - 491 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
*Note: Please make sure to mark your cheque for the "Newcomer Multi-Sport Academy" and your gift will be counted towards this important initiative!
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