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I'm learning basic English through music and song, and I have friends and teachers who want to hear my story.

I AM SYRIA

My mother is back home—in Syria. She has cancer. But I can't be with her; I can't comfort her.

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I'm learning basic English through music and song, and I have friends and teachers who want to hear my story.

I-AM built a ramp for wheelchair access to my home, and I-AM teachers visit weekly to teach my family English.

I AM IRAQ

I was a tall man before I lost my legs. I cultivated the land. Every fruit you can imagine: oranges, pears, grapes, cherries—and figs. Too many figs! But the vegetation is disappearing now because of the war. No oxygen. No life.

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I-AM built a ramp for wheelchair access to my home, and I-AM teachers visit weekly to teach my family English.

I-AM has supplied me with furniture and clothing and is helping me with advanced English pronunciation.

I AM ERITREA

I was smuggled across the border into Sudan, then traveled by foot through the desert to Egypt. Many people died on that desert-crossing. I don't know why I lived. But I thank God for it.

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I-AM has supplied me with furniture and clothing and is helping me with advanced English pronunciation.

I-AM found a church for my family and is teaching guitar to my children.

I AM IRAN

They came in the morning—early in the morning—and put me in prison for my Christian faith. My wife and children searched for me. After three months, they found me. We are free now, and grateful—and we want to give back to our new country.

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I-AM found a church for my family and is teaching guitar to my children.

I'm taking advanced English courses with I-AM, and I am helping new Nepali refugees adjust to life in Canada.

I AM NEPAL

We left our beautiful village and moved into camps. We couldn't work—it wasn't permitted. At night, we slipped out of the camps and found odd jobs to feed our families. Now, I am still trying to feed my family—I'm working three jobs.

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I'm taking advanced English courses with I-AM, and I am helping new Nepali refugees to adjust to life in Canada.

Twice a week, I volunteer in the I-AM classroom to help the teacher and translate English into Swahili.

I AM SOUTH SUDAN

They took the children while they were washing in the river. Two times they came, and both times, I was in the orphanage; I wasn't at the river.

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I am pursuing a nursing degree, and twice a week, I volunteer in the I-AM classroom to help the teacher and translate English into Swahili.

I-AM ESL offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses that prepare students for reading, writing, speaking, and listening in an academic environment and help them to communicate effectively.