In Canada, we provide school supplies to children and youth from low-income refugee and immigrant families in Ottawa as part of our Back-to-School Project and support local indigenous students through our Indigenous Student Post-Secondary Bursary program.
Indigenous Student Post-Secondary Bursary
Begun in 2022, ACCESO International, working in collaboration with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Indigenous Education staff, is offering an Indigenous Student Post-Secondary Bursary program which helps First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth in the Ottawa area with their post-secondary education. The bursaries assist students with various education-related costs such as tuition, books, school supplies, computer equipment, accommodations, transportation, and groceries. The bursaries are part of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
ACCESO International, in partnership with South East Ottawa Community Health Centre, provides backpacks filled with school supplies to low-income immigrant students in Ottawa. Our new focus is on students in grades 7-12 who are often not included in other back-to-school initiatives. Our purpose is to allow students to have an easier start to the school year and attend school with dignity. In addition to backpacks and school supplies, we include personal care kits including a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, and menstrual products to help families and students with these additional costs.