Gateway Gazette

ERA Gives Back to Immigrant Youth and Families

Armando and fellow computer recipients.
Armando and fellow computer recipients.

On Giving Tuesday, Christmas came early to many immigrant youth and families. Thanks to the generosity of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), a longtime partner of Alberta’s Promise, 60 computers were donated to The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) for gifting to high-needs immigrant youth and families in Calgary.

The computer donations, facilitated with the help of Alberta’s Promise, are helping to ease the transition to Calgary for many families, including one from Nigeria whose eldest required a computer for homework assignments, and Armando Valencia from El Salvador who wanted to support his nine-year-old son’s curiosity of astronomy and science.

Samuel and others open their laptops for the first time.
Samuel and others open their laptops for the first time.

The computers afford newcomer families the ability to complete schoolwork, look up transit schedules and maps, find grocery stores, connect with their families back home, or search for work. In short, families are better able to connect with their communities.

At the partnership reception on December 2nd, Umashanie Reddy, executive director of CBFY, shared a very wise adage: “Immigrants defer their dreams for their children, they want their children to do better.” ERA’s generous donation is helping families give their children greater opportunities to succeed, and for that we give a big “THANKS” to Bojan Paduh and his team at ERA.

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