At that time, community organizations stepped in to help them integrate into life in Canada. But after that initial assistance, many of the refugees were left alone. The newcomer and refugee children struggled to adjust to Canadian life, and many of them lost their homes, families and friends. They lost everything they knew and were forced to start a new life. They had to make new friends, start at a new school and learn new languages. There was a gaping need to connect regularly with the community.
Sidra Treehouse is a mentorship program that helps newcomer and refugee children adjust to Canada, while preserving their self-identity and values. We build strong big-brother and big-sister relationships, so that the children develop a sense of trust and security in their mentor. These relationships provide the children with a secure base in this new phase of life and a smoother transition into life in Canada.