“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and friends, and the wider Muslim community in Christchurch and across the country.”
English Language Partners, which teaches English to former refugees and migrants, is beginning to hear about the impact on learners with family and friends killed and injured in this tragedy.
“Our Christchurch centre is actively contacting learners and putting support in place for them, our volunteers and staff. We will also link with other agencies and community organisations to respond together or support their work,” said Nicola Sutton, Chief Executive.
“We stand with other New Zealanders in saying to migrants and former refugees who have taken up the invitation to make New Zealand home that you are welcome here. We encourage people to reach out to each other at this time with kindness and consideration.”
Many people want to know how they can help.
English Language Partners New Zealand is a national community-based organisation with 23 centres across the country teaching English to over 7,000 adult former refugees and migrants each year. Our 400 staff and 1,700 volunteers work in programmes which teach English so newcomers can settle well and participate in all aspects of life in Aotearoa New Zealand. Find out more at www.englishlanguage.org.nz