CNEWA Canada just announced it is partnering with the Catholic Women’s League (C.W.L.) of Canada for a new initiative that will allow Catholic women across the country to support a program for at-risk youth in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Here is an excerpt from an article that can be found on the Canadian Catholic Register website (old/broken link: https://www.catholicregister.org/news/canada/item/14345-%E2%80%98velma%E2%80%99s-dream%E2%80%99-comes-true-as-cwl-teams-up-with-cnewa):
Velma Harasen, the national president of the C.W.L., said this is more than just a catchy name with a personal touch — it really is her dream.
“My dream was always to have an international project that our league sisters across the country could embrace,” said Harasen. “It’s been a dream of mine since [the C.W.L.] established the theme centred on faith and justice, and [focused on] women against poverty.”
“Velma’s Dream” will raise money to support the education program of the Infant Welfare Centre in the Old City, which works at getting youth — both Christian and non-Christian — who have dropped out of school back into the classroom. It does so by teaming up teachers with psychologists and psychiatrists who help youth find new ways to approach their studies and accompany the students through their reintegration to school until their graduation date.
Carl Hétu, national director of CNEWA, said expanding the resources and the reach of the program will have a very real impact on the society at large.
“This project deals … with schools, teachers and parents to take care of school dropouts, who are on the streets and have no means,” said Hétu. “[It’s] to bring them back in school, to help them finish school and … become full citizens of the Old City.
“[It] will allow them to have better jobs … and be more involved in their community later on.”
You can see the rest of the article here (old/broken link: https://www.catholicregister.org/news/canada/item/14345-%E2%80%98velma%E2%80%99s-dream%E2%80%99-comes-true-as-cwl-teams-up-with-cnewa).
To learn more about CNEWA’s partnership with the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, click here.