The COVID-19 crisis hovers over the globe today like a haze of smog, and with it, whatever concepts of “normalcy” we once held have now been completely distorted. The foreseeable future of school, playdates, and extracurricular activities are confined to the household. With schools closed and non-essential activities at a halt, parents have been scrambling to hone their skills in becoming teachers and “techies”, cleaners and cooks, at the beck and call of their families around the clock.
Every Tuesday, Aaliya Jaffer walks into the principal’s office of the As-Sadiq Islamic School and greets the administrative staff with a cheerful smile and “Salaam alaykum”. She signs herself in and gets ready for a full day at school volunteering with the grade 3 teacher and her students.
Syrian Canadian Sara Takieddin crowdfunded on LaunchGood.comin order to pay off the debts she accumulated while struggling with mental illness and financial distress as an immigrant to Canada after her marriage ended badly.