Since the beginning of the pandemic, some black organizations around the city of Ottawa are joining forces to assist families and individuals in need in the community.
The African Canadian Association of Ottawa (https://acaottawa.com/)and Equal Chance (www.equalchance.ca) have been delivering food hampers and meals (with the help of some local black owned restaurants)to ensure that no family or individual ever fears not having food on their table. Our organizations are also offering free mental health specialists, as well free employment specialists to members of the community who need it most and cannot afford it.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the challenges faced by black families and individuals have amplified. Indeed the black community has been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. A race based data suggests that Black Ottawans are hit hardest by COVID-19. "According to the Ottawa Public Health report, Black people made up roughly 37 per cent of early cases where transmission occurred in community settings, but only make up seven per cent of the city's population." (CBC)
Throughout this journey of supporting our community, we have met homeless black families who are being temporarily housed in conditions we never imagined could exist in Canada. We have also been advocating with other local organizations to ensure that these families have access to better and safer housing.
To help us continue these important programs, we need your support. Please donate what you can and share our page with your networks.
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