For several years, CIDC has recruited volunteers to teach English to children and adults. In particular, women are delighted to come together to learn English as well as support each other and increase their self-esteem as they master basic English skills that may help them find employment.

After school ESL for children offers them a fun place to gather, learn new skills and some basic English which is not always taught in the schools or has to be paid for as an extra. Volunteers, sometimes retired teachers, return year after year to work in this program which is usually based in a local community centre.

ESL Kitchen classes for women in the same neighbourhood where we are building homes add benefits to the local community and brings us in contact with other families whom we may be able to assist. For example, a young mother at the 2013 Kitchen Class had a two-year old son who needed surgery. CIDC was able to facilitate the medical specialist and the financial support for the surgery.