Thank you to the organizations around the world for sharing their resources.

Useful Documents
Useful Websites

coronavirus tips for mentoring Website
How to Self-Isolate in 26 Different Languages WEBSITE
IRCC: How COVID-19 is Affecting IRCC Website
Migration data portal: covid-19 Website
public health canada – multilingual guides Website
Refugee Council USA – COVID-19 Website
REfugee sponsorship training program – COVID-19 website
Refugees & covid-19. What can businesses do? Website
Remote Support – The Together Project Blog
RESET – Communities and Refugees: COVID-19 Website
Amnesty international usa: RESPONDING TO COVID-19 Website

English Language Learning – Connect with the local settlement providing organization nearest you to learn about e-learning opportunities being offered.

Multi- Language Learning

BABBEL – choose one of 14 languages offered to learn through expert-made courses, dialogue training, and speech recognition.
DUOLINGO – a language learning app. Over 30 languages are available.
LANGUAGE LINE SOLUTIONan online interpretation service (at a cost).
SPEAK – Speak is a community-driven language learning website where people can create and host language classes.
WE SPEAK – a free translation service through Google Translate

Mental Health
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Mental Health Commission of Canada Website
Mental Health UK Website
Mindfulness for Refugees – ENGLISH | ARABIC
Multilingual mental health guide – website

Supporting Kids

AudibleFor as long as schools are closed, children and youth everywhere can stream for free an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

City of Kitchener– This “Week at a glance” page offers a social distancing-friendly list of free activities that can be done with children and youth.

Early ONEarlyON Child and Family Centres in Waterloo Region are posting interactive videos and family friendly ideas on a daily basis on their Facebook and Twitter (@EarlyONWR) pages. Videos from social media are also posted weekly on the above link.

Kitchener Public Library – This interactive page directs children and youth to a variety of resources where they can: Watch, Read, Play!

Plasticity Labs – HERO Generation resources are now available to all, to support new teachers and parents who would like to engage with learning and teaching the HERO Traits during this period of social isolation.

Province of Ontario – Here you can find at-home activities that offer quick and easy access to some of Ontario’s best online kindergarten to grade 12 learning resources.

Scholastic Learn at Home – Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Social Distancing Festival -This link has live-streamed events to music, dance, theatre, and storytelling.

Waterloo Region District School Board – WRDSB has launched WRDSB@Home – an online space for age-appropriate, high-quality learning materials and supports for students and their families.

Video Communications
Facebook Messenger

– Contact Kaylee Perez if you do not have a Zoom account and would like to make use of MCC’s account for your meeting.

Google Hangouts
Featured Book

Welcoming the Stranger: Signposts for Building Bridges and Making Peace
by Nick Regnault

Here is a list of books recommended by Church World Service (CWS):

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming           

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Brothers of the Gun – A Memoir of the Syrian War – by Marwan Hisham

Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin      

City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence

Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Love Thy Neighbor – A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America by Ayaz Virji

Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

The Bee Keeper of Aleppo: A Novel by Christy Lefteri

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman

Welcoming the Stranger: Signposts for Building Bridges and Making Peace by Nick Regnault



Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Williams and Khadra Mohammed

My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Amazon Prime

After Spring

Two filmmakers witness the Syrian refugee crisis by following two families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running. With the Syrian conflict entering its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced.

Climate Refugees

Michael P. Nash examines the human plight of climate change with a focus on the intersection of overpopulation and lack of resources.


The plot follows three Tamil refugees, a man, woman, and child, who pose as a husband, wife, and daughter to gain asylum in France. Audiard traces the gradual development of love within the makeshift family, as well as the threats posed by the drug dealers in the housing project they settle in.

For Sama

An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. The story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while conflict rises around her.

God Grew Tired of Us

During the second Sudanese Civil War, from 1983-2005, two million people died and four million more were displaced. God Grew Tired Of Us chronicles the arduous journey of three young men, John Bul Dau, Daniel Pach and Panther Bior, who walked a thousand miles to escape their war-ridden homeland and ultimately arrived in the United States as refugees in 2001.

Human Flow

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.


A West African woman leaves behind her five children to relocate to the United States in hopes of providing them with a better future. Despite the trauma of her past and the harsh realities of life in the South Bronx, Aicha Ba perseveres.


Hotel Rwanda

Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a Hutu, manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines and lives a happy life with his Tutsi wife (Sophie Okonedo) and their three children. But when Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is compelled to allow refugees to take shelter in his hotel. As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence later known as the Rwandan genocide.

Safe Harbour

On a yachting holiday from Darwin to Indonesia, five Australians come across a broken-down fishing boat, full of desperate asylum seekers. The Australians decide to help, towing the refugees, but when they wake the next morning the fishing boat is gone. Five years later they meet some of the refugees again and learn the truth. Someone cut the rope between the two boats and, as a result, seven people died when the fishing boat sank. The revelation drives a wedge of mistrust between the Australians, as they grapple with protecting themselves and doing the right thing. The refugees struggle with their desire for justice and, possibly, revenge. Old secrets come to light, relationships are shattered and lives are put in danger. And one question hangs over it all – who cut the rope?


Born in Syria

Since the beginning of civil war in 2011, an estimated nine million Syrians have fled their homes, half of them children. These children flee unimaginable horror to live in hostile conditions.

Fire at Sea

Shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, and sets the migrants’ dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders.

First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung is 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge assumes power over Cambodia in 1975. They soon begin a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly 2 million Cambodians die. Forced from her family’s home in Phnom Penh, Ung is trained as a child soldier while her six siblings are sent to labor camps.


The Land Between

“The Land Between” offers an intimate insight into the hidden and desperate lives of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in the mountains of northern Morocco. For most, their dream is to enter Europe by jumping a highly-militarised barrier into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the African continent. With unique and unprecedented access, this film documents the everyday life of these migrants trapped in limbo, as well as the extreme violence and constant mistreatment they face from both the Moroccan and Spanish authorities. It also explores many universal questions, including how and why people are prepared to risk everything, including their life, to leave their country, their family and friends, in search of a new and better life.

Ted Talks

What does it mean to be a refugee

About 60 million people around the globe have been forced to leave their homes to escape war, violence and persecution. The majority have become Internally Displaced Persons, meaning they fled their homes but are still in their own countries. Others, referred to as refugees, sought shelter outside their own country. But what does that term really mean?

Don’t Feel Sorry for Refugees, Believe in Them

“We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives — except our humanity,” says Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent who founded the first accredited school for refugees in the United States. Mufleh shares stories of hope and resilience, explaining how she’s helping young people from war-torn countries navigate the difficult process of building new homes. Get inspired to make a personal difference in the lives of refugees with this powerful talk.

Life and Inspiration in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp: Moulid Hujale

Born in Kismayo, Moulid was forced to flee Somalia with his family at the age of 10 to the Dadaab refugee camp across the border into Kenya. After witnessing the lack of opportunities for youth in Dadaab, Moulid started the Refugee Newsletter and engaged 30 young people, partnering with FilmAid International. He also partnered with UNHCR and other organizations working in Dadaab to collaborate on an umbrella initiative that provided skills training and jobs to Dadaab youth. Moulid recently moved to Mogadishu to work on making education accessible to all.

Promise and Opportunity. From Refugee to Building up a Life: Parweez Koehestanie

Parweez was born in Kabul in 1982, aware from the age of 5 years old that he wanted to become a doctor. At 16 years old he fled Afghanistan to escape the Taliban and ended up in the Netherlands after a long journey full of horrors. Join Parweez as he takes you through the history of his life, his place of birth in the present day and his belief that education is the key for building a future peaceful world.

Being a refugee is not a choice: Carina Hoang

Refugees are often marginalized, their humanity ignored as their stories go untold. In this remarkable and emotional talk, however, author and former refugee Carina Hoang discusses her experience as a “boat person”. It’s a powerful account that is impossible to ignore.

Caring for 90,000 Refugees – The Story of Somalia’s Hope Village: Deqo Mohamed

Dr. Deqo Mohamed grew up outside Mogadishu, Somalia in Hope Village – a refugee camp run by her mother Dr. Hawa Abdi. She delivered her first baby at age 15, and now oversees the community as it transitions from emergency response to sustainability. Listen to her powerful story of resilience and recovery.

Refugees Starting Over: Kathryn Stam

Utica is the city that is welcoming to refugees, and over 25% of the city’s population are former refugees. Kathryn Stam shares her story about how refugees are shaping their communities, the challenges they face, and the lessons we can learn from them.

A Personal Story of the Syria Conflict: Riad

Riad had to flee his hometown in Syria because of the conflict, and is now building his life anew as a refugee in Europe. In this moving talk, he takes his audience through a photographic journey of destruction in his home country, sharing his experience through an intimate and individual viewpoint which the media coverage of the Syrian conflict does not allow.

No Human is Illegal

Yoonis Osman Nuur came to the Netherlands 10 years ago after fleeing his home country Somalia, and is one of the many refugees in the Netherlands who cannot get Dutch nationality. While being categorized as an illegal immigrant rather than a refugee, Osman decided to let his voice be heard and demand acknowledgement of his existence in this country. What does it mean to be called ‘illegal’, and should any human being ever be called illegal?

Follow the Sound

Playing “Follow the Sound” from her album “Borderless Lullabies” — which was created in support of immigrant and refugee children entering the US — Morley weaves jazz, soul and resonant vocals. She’s joined onstage by cellist Dave Eggar and multi-instrumentalist Chris Bruce.

What it’s Like to be a Parent in a War Zone

How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give their kids the warm, secure parenting they most need?

How can we Bring Mental Health Support to Refugees

The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation and conflict. To undo the damage, child psychiatrist and TED Fellow Essam Daod has been working in camps, rescue boats and the shorelines of Greece and the Mediterranean Sea to help refugees (a quarter of which are children) reframe their experiences through short, powerful psychological interventions. “We can all do something to prevent this mental health catastrophe,” Daod says. “We need to acknowledge that first aid is not just needed for the body, but it has also to include the mind, the soul.”

The Refugee Crisis is a Test of our Character

Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It’s not just a crisis; it’s a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband — and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In this must-watch talk, Miliband gives us specific, tangible ways to help refugees and turn empathy and altruism into action.

Refugees Want Empowerment not Handouts

The prevailing image of where refugees live is of temporary camps in isolated areas — but in reality, nearly 60 percent of them worldwide end up in urban areas. TED Fellow Robert Hakiza takes us inside the lives of urban refugees — and shows us how organizations like the one that he started can provide them with the skills they need to ultimately become self-sufficient.

Refugees Have the Right to be Protected

António Guterres thinks that we can solve the global refugee crisis — and he offers compelling, surprising reasons why we must try. In conversation with TED’s Bruno Giussani, Guterres discusses the historical causes of the current crisis and outlines the mood of the European countries that are trying to screen, shelter and resettle hundreds of thousands of desperate families. Bigger picture: Guterres calls for a multilateral turn toward acceptance and respect — to defy groups like ISIS’s anti-refugee propaganda and recruiting machine.

Our Refugee System is Failing: Here is how we can fix it

A million refugees arrived in Europe this year, says Alexander Betts, and “our response, frankly, has been pathetic.” Betts studies forced migration, the impossible choice for families between the camps, urban poverty and dangerous illegal journeys to safety. In this insightful talk, he offers four ways to change the way we treat refugees, so they can make an immediate contribution to their new homes. “There’s nothing inevitable about refugees being a cost,” Betts says. “They’re human beings with skills, talents, aspirations, with the ability to make contributions — if we let them.”

What Refugees Need to Start New Lives

Every minute, 20 people are newly displaced by climate change, economic crisis, and political instability, according to the UNHCR. How can we help them overcome the barriers to starting new lives? TED Resident Muhammed Idris is leading a team of technologists, researchers and refugees to develop Atar, the first-ever AI-powered virtual advocate that guides displaced people through resettlement, helping restore their rights and dignity. “Getting access to the right resources and information can be the difference between life and death,” Idris says. Every minute, 20 people are newly displaced by climate change, economic crisis, and political instability, according to the UNHCR. How can we help them overcome the barriers to starting new lives? TED Resident Muhammed Idris is leading a team of technologists, researchers and refugees to develop Atar, the first-ever AI-powered virtual advocate that guides displaced people through resettlement, helping restore their rights and dignity. “Getting access to the right resources and information can be the difference between life and death,” Idris says.

Our thanks to the following organizations for sharing their resources:

  • Refugee Council USA
  • Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (Canada)
  • SPEAK (Portugal)
  • Welcoming International