New Computer Donations to Improve Refugee Services from Free Geek

Inland Refugee Society of BC has gratefully received a much-needed addition to our team: two new refurbished computers, courtesy of FreeGeek.

The new computers will help improve the services we provide for our clients without taking away from what limited resources we have, and will also serve as a useful aid as our clients adapt to life in Vancouver.  The computers will be used for various needs, such as making resumes, searching for a house, looking up services and directions in the city, emailing, doing paperwork, and more.

Through the computers, we would be able to help refugee claimants help themselves, as we teach them to navigate Canadian services online, and offer a safe space for refugee claimants to utilize this resource.

For refugee claimants, the value of having access to technology and information cannot be ignored.  According to UNHCR, communications technologies, which includes computers and mobile devices, provides refugees access to learning and employment opportunities.  This provides a sense of normalcy to their lives and allows them to participate in local markets and the global economy.

And so we would like to use this space to thank FreeGeek for their generous donation and continuous service to the community.

FreeGeek is a nonprofit organization that reuses and recycles donated technology and gives it back to the community to reduce waste and support sustainability.  As new donations go through their door, they take apart the electronics pieces for recycling, or refurbish the computers or electronics for reuse.  Through their thrift store, free tech support nights and training programs, they seek to empower people by providing access to technology and facilitating people’s knowledge and self-sufficiency in handling electronics and computer technology.

For more information, visit http://www.freegeekvancouver.org/about.html

Bake sale to support refugee claimants a success!

On May 6th, in collaboration with St.Giles International English school we held our first bake sale. We sold a lot of baked goods and we were humbled by the generous support. The donations raised were used to provide safe housing and food for refugee claimants in Metro Vancouver. Thank you to all of those who donated and to our contributors who made this small, yet successful fundraiser possible.

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Donation by Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)

On February 2, 2014 we received a generous donation by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) at Simon Fraser University. This is the third year in a row that we are the recipients of donations made by ALAS. The total amount we received this year was $680.00 that will be used to support refugee claimants to obtain food. Thank you to the young students at SFU that are setting example in the community.

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BC Gaming Cheque Awarded to Inland Refugee Society

The Honourable Mary McNeil, Minister of Citizens’ Services and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism and the Public Affairs Bureau, presents a cheque from the Province of British Columbia to IRS-BC Director of Refugee Services Mario Ayala (centre) and Heberto Reyes.