The Eritrean Community in Winnipeg Inc. (TECW) is an Ethno cultural Organization that formally incorporated in 1985. The aim of the community is clearly stated in the articles of incorporation and implemented through the Mission, Vision and by-laws as approved by the offices of the government of Manitoba and the general assembly of the registered members of the Eritrean Community in Winnipeg Inc. The Eritrean Community in Winnipeg has new bylaws . Please visit our website and follow up on our postings and gradual completion of bylaws posting and programs at : www.eritreancommunity.ca
The implementation of its Mission and Vision is done through multifaceted community involvement. The execution of programs is done with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers. The organization is funded primarily through membership, but also from generous donations and fundraising events. Currently there are 427 registered members in a community that serves more than 3000 Eritrean Canadians residing in Manitoba. Our community Centre located at 346 Hargrave Avenue serves primarily the young generation with Family , Women and youth oriented programs.
We have established a Facebook Page: Eritrea Hade Libi. Our official website: www.eritreancommunity.ca.
The following programs are implemented on a yearly basis some of which are implemented in collaboration with other agencies. The primary focus of the community is reflected in the following programs and activities:
- Family and Youth Oriented Programs
- Heritage Programs: Eritrean Languages and Cultural School with 70-90 children attending regular language and cultural classes. The program employs four to seven teachers annually, and 2-3 youth teaching assistants. The program is run by the parent's council consisting of a committee of 6-8 parents elected bi-annually. The program runs at Hugh John Macdonald School on 567 Bannatyne Avenue from September to June.
- Tutoring Program: A newcomer youth after-school and summer program tailored to the needs and educational and integration challenges that African Youth face as newcomers. It runs in coalition with the Sudanese, Congolese, and Sierra Leone Communities. The Eritrean Community in Winnipeg Inc. is one of the founding members of the Newcomers Youth Educational Support Services (NYESS) Coalition that coordinates the tutoring of 200 African youth in 4 different sites of the city. Each site program employs one coordinator, a community educator/teacher, and 8-10 tutors.
- The Summer Program: 30-50 youth every year under the supervision of young adults who enjoy academic learning, and summer activities at the Hugh Macdonald School on 567 Bannatyne Avenue and the Eritrean Community Center at 346 Hargrave. This program employs 6-8 youth every summer and it’s more focused on younger children age 6 to 14 at the level of education, English language skills, integration summer camp and extra curriculum activities.
- Strengthening Family Programs in Collaboration with Mount Carmel Clinic and Mosaic Center, in collaboration with the General Authority.
- In total the TECW employs 15 part- time teachers and tutors that assist with the implementation of the Youth the Family oriented programs. They are all and regular payroll, CRA and WBC regulations.
- The service recipient (any interested family or individual ) needs simply to register the children at the program. An additional active outreach program is in place to assist newcomers and families with special needs in order to improve accessibility to all programs.
- General Interest Programs (Public)
- Occupational Health Program: A team of 6 trained workers by the Occupational Health Center(OHC) provides critical information about safety at work and workers’ rights at the workplace, which is delivered in first language. The Eritrean Community in Winnipeg Inc. in collaboration with the OHC has developed materials and videos. Bi-monthly workshops are provided to newcomers that are welcomed to the community upon arrival and a dinner session is provided in an orientation evening. (A video co-produced with OHC is available-a Hallmark pioneer work of TECW in this area)
- Money management classes and assistance in purchasing power for New Canadians, in collaboration with SEED for low income families in English and first language (in an effort to eliminated access barriers to newcomers).
- Driving Classes for oral test preparation and road test assistance in first language for newcomers and special focus on empowering gender and marginalized persons within the community struggling with social issues.
- Women Oriented Programs
- The Eritrean Photography Project helped 12 single female heads of household, learn photography. The program focused in empowering single headed families and particularly women and their children by using arts and by the teaching photography skills. The photography project also aimed to reinforce parental roles during the challenging inter-generational, transitional stage of integration in a new society. A video produced by TECW is available)
- Women’s group support network, with regular meetings and support of families and Youth
- The Eritrean Canadian Women's Organization of Manitoba Inc gathers at the community Center and promotes women issues and Community Unity
- Youth Programs
- In addition to the Tutoring, Heritage and Summer Program a Video Pool project where youth use arts as a vehicle of integration was successfully implemented in 2007 and a link to video arts has been established were youth are involved in video production (a video has been produced showing the youth achievements in this area)
- Soccer and Basketball teams and regular sports activities at central park and Huge John Macdonald School and St Vital soccer Fields.
- Folkorama activities and yearly participation and representation of Eritrea in collaboration with the African Pavilion
- Community Services Events Festivities and general activities
- Celebration of major Eritrean and Canadian Holidays
- National Eritrean Holidays
- National Canadian Holidays
- Religious Holidays
- Family oriented Picnics
- Annual Graduation of grade 12 students
- Park days, zoo visits and school ceremonies Workshops on different subjects
- Eritrean and Canadian Citizenship Classes and information Sessions
- Information about services available to Eritrean Citizens in reference to the Eritrean Consulate of the State of Eritrea in Toronto
- Newcomers sessions and orientation
- New Employee orientation sessions
- Tutors and parents’ conferences on educational issues
- Gang Awareness issues in Collaboration of the RCMP and Winnipeg Police
- Mental Health Awareness Sessions
- Stress management, adaptation and integration with workshops from various speakers local and international