Canadian Hazara Humanitarian Services (CHHS) is a not-for-profit organization formally registered with the Government of Canada as of September 2019. The organization developed from a grassroots group of community activists and volunteers formerly referred to as the Coherence and Coordination Committee (C&C Committee), which was established by the Canadian-Hazara community in October 2017. The aim of the C&C Committee was to promote a culture of volunteerism within the community and to assist newcomers during their settlement process in Canada.
As the team expanded in its capacity, the number of dedicated, experienced and skilled volunteers increased in response to the needs and challenges of the community. The informal group of community activists realized the need to register the Committee as a not-for-profit organization in order to better serve the community’s evolving needs and support the productive and healthy integration of newcomers to Canada. Thus the advisory board of the C&C Committee met on July 12, 2019 in the City of Toronto and formally registered the not-for-profit organization, Canadian Hazara Humanitarian Services (CHHS).
In line with its mission, CHHS meets regularly with its members in order to stay informed of the most relevant issues, promote volunteering in the community, and support motivated individuals to work in tandem with the organization to develop programming and engage meaningfully with the community. CHHS takes pride in its active involvement in community programs, such as field trips and summer camps for youth and social excursions for seniors, designed to tackle social isolation. CHHS seeks to assist the most vulnerable individuals within Canada by providing resources and basic services to refugees and newcomers in need of shelter and food. By offering community resources and services (such as interpretation, transportation and counseling), countless individuals have been assisted by CHHS volunteers in the past two years alone.