原住民事工

CRRS Local Ministries (Indigenous Community)

CRRS has been involved with the local Indigenous community and inner-city families through our Outreach Ministries Manager Esther Leung organizing events, leading programs, leading activities, donating Christmas Hampers, and donating 1000 masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

1) In 2020, CRRS Project Shine in partnership with Vancouver Urban Ministries conducted the first local Born to Shine Online Summer Camp for inner-city families free of charge during the pandemic when the restrictions do not allow children to have outside activities. We were able to serve 30 kids and we recruited 12 volunteer camp leaders to help out! Camp activities include teaching & Storytime, crafts, DIY snack, games, dance & exercise, and a special talent show from our camp leaders! It was a very meaningful time together, even though we could not meet in person but we connected with each other and have a sense of community online.

3) Partnership organization: Vancouver Urban Ministries

CRRS began its annual sponsorship with Vancouver Urban Ministries (VUM) in September 2016, sponsoring First Nation elementary students from their “Rising Above Tutoring Program” using the proven Orton-Gillingham approach which engages a multitude of the children’s senses.

Students with learning difficulties receive one-on-one tutoring sessions twice a week to help improve their academics such as reading, writing and math. VUM’s goal is for all our students to have a genuinely positive learning experience in elementary school and gain a strong foundation for success in their high school education and in life.

In East Vancouver the poverty rates are:

  • Strathcona 58%
  • Downtown Eastside 70%

In the Greater Downtown Eastside:

  • 80% of children are behind the provincial average in reading
  • 50% of children are behind in mathematics

The Greater Downtown Eastside suffers from very high rates of drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness.

VUM’s Tutoring program is conducted in Strathcona Elementary School and Xpey’ Elementary School (The designated Aboriginal Focus School in Vancouver)

Directors and Staff of CRRS and VUM at graduation ceremony of tutoring program

Vancouver Urban Ministriesaim is to help break the cycle of povertyfor some of the most vulnerable families in East Vancouver. Together we can give children with learning challenges a genuine opportunity to grow intellectually and emotionally, develop healthy outlooks in life, and reach their fullest potential.

With the work of VUM,

  • Children with learning difficulties receive specialized one-on-one tutoring, have a good start in education, and grow to reach their full potential.
  • Children are encouraged to develop self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of achievement.
  • Children and their families would find hope for a brighter future as they experience caring, long-term relationships with their tutors and other VUM volunteers.