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Syrian women in Victoria, B.C., find work with a little help from Canadian friends

Searching for work while learning English and settling into a new life in Canada can be a tall order, but some people in Victoria are stepping up to help Syrian refugee families.

RADIO DOCUMENTARY: Listen as volunteers help two Syrian sisters get started as house cleaners

Syrian sisters Hanna (left) and Weam Ali arrived in Victoria nearly a year ago. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

Searching for work while learning English and settling into a new life in Canada can be a tall order.

Settlement agencies are doing what they can to help the hundreds of Syrians who have come to Victoria, B.C., to find employment.

But grassroots efforts are also making a difference.

In one case, a network of volunteers is helping some Syrian women get started with a cleaning business.

There's no shortage of challenges, such as difficulties with finding child care and navigating an unfamiliar city on transit.

But there's also no shortage of determination.

The CBC's Megan Thomas produced this radio documentary on their story:

Searching for work while learning English and settling into a new life in Canada can be a tall order, but people in Victoria are stepping up to help Syrian refugee families. Megan Thomas brings us that story. 7:25
Weam Ali at a training session to clean homes. She and her sister, Hannah, have limited English and communicated with the help of Google Translate. (Megan Thomas/CBC)