Donor Spotlight: Syrian families receive a Fresh Start thanks to literacy supporters


Thanks to an outpouring of support from community and corporate partners, 25 Syrian families with young children will participate in a family literacy program to help them adapt to their new life in Canada.

Starting in February, a 10-session IPALS (Immigrant Parents As Literacy Supporters) Program will be offered for free at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver.

“With the Canadian government’s pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian immigrants, the need for a family literacy program in Arabic was great,” said Aliza Dhungana, IPALS Program Manager, Decoda Literacy Solutions. “IPALS is a culturally sensitive way to help support preschool and kindergarten-aged children’s early literacy development through fun and interactive ways. It will also provide Syrian parents insights into the Canadian way of teaching and learning.”

None of this would be possible without the generous support of community partners.  Thank you to RBC, Vancouver Coastal Health Community Investments, Bosa Properties Foundation, and Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, along with the many caring individuals who supported Decoda Literacy Foundation and the 2016 Literacy is Life campaign.