Family Education & Support Project of Aylmer (FESPA)
Many Low German speaking newcomer women and preschoolers face poverty, isolation, illiteracy, and language barriers. All FESPA programs are aimed to increase social interaction and build the skills necessary for newcomer women and preschoolers to adapt and adjust to life in Canada.
FESPA School – Classes for women focus on nutrition, English as a Second Language, life skills, confidence and self-esteem. Classes for children focus on developing social skills, motor skills, and school readiness. Children in need of speech therapy, dental or medical care are referred to professionals.
Family Support – Provides scheduling, interpretation, and transportation support for families registered in the FESPA School and Mom & Baby programs. The Family Support Worker engages in conversations about parenting, family planning, and daily living.
Mom & Baby – Provides support for prenatal and postnatal care. The Outreach Worker organizes in-home visits as well as group sessions for prenatal and postnatal mothers until the child is 3 months old. Each mother receives food cards to support the purchase of fruits, vegetables, and other nourishing food.