“We are devastated by the horrific terrorist attacks on the Muslim community in Christchurch,” said David Bromell, chair of English Language Partners New Zealand.
“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.
- Show your personal care with messages or acts of support to your local Muslim people and communities.
- Share with those impacted the number of the Victim Support 24/7 crisis helpline on 0800 842 846 (0800 VICTIM).
- Participate in the growing number of community responses being organised and publicised online.
- Donate to the victims at the Victim Support Givealittle page:
or at the Masjid At Taqwa / New Zealand Islamic Info Centre United for Christchurch campaign at:
- Support the many organisations that work with former refugees and migrants at national and local levels. Ask them how you can support them to create a welcoming and safe New Zealand.
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