Farida was operating a restaurant and women’s clothing shop in Congo when war came to her home. She was forced to flee to a refugee camp in Ethiopia and eventually moved to Canada with her youngest son. In the turmoil of escaping from enemy soldiers she was separated from her two older boys, then 10 and 17 years of age.
Soon after arrival in Regina, Farida began English language classes at RODS. She worked hard in class and completed LINC Level 3. Later, she completed Level 4 on her own, a very important accomplishment as it enabled her to apply for further training and employment.
Upon completing English classes, Farida took a RODS Employment Services class on providing homecare to seniors. She then proceeded directly to work.
Farida is now employed full-time at Stepping Stones Child Care and part-time in a personal care home. Florence and Otto Driedger of Peace Mennonite Church have assisted her in finding her two older sons and bringing them to Canada. Now her eldest son is enrolled in a four-year work/study program in the construction industry; her second son is studying industrial engineering at the Mennonite University of Canada in Winnipeg and her youngest is in Grade 8.
Farida says “Thank you Open Door for helping me with everything: the language, the culture, work. I have a life because of you!”
We are very proud that such a courageous, hard-working and resourceful woman and her family will soon be Canadian citizens!