It is EMI's privileged to partner with LINK Village on the initial programming and visioning for their ministry campus. After 20 years of international projects, LINK Village in Kamloops, British Columbia is EMI Canada’s first domestic project in Canada!
LINK Village Society is committed to provide of a safe, nurturing and supportive home environment for women, children and other caregivers in Kamloops. LINK’s aim is to bring hope to children and empower women by helping them mature emotionally, spiritually, and socially. LINK is about the restoration and preservation of family, creating a safe habitat where they can grow and be raised as leaders who bring sustainable change to their community and beyond.
The National Household Survey 2011 data approximates that nearly half of the foster children under age 14 in Canada are Indigenous. The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada estimate that Indigenous children comprise 30-40 percent of children in care.
In British Columbia, there are over 8,900 children who do not live with their biological parents, and 65% of children in care are Indigenous.
LINK Village Society believes in a loving family-based atmosphere that keeps family together. These families will be part of a broader community of parents and children, who will assist each other with everyday tasks. LINK aims to provide support and services for families in need and caregivers living inside and outside the village through our community center, to benefit the town & community.
Our EMI team will provide visioning and programming for this ministry campus. Planning will include: 9 homes and a Community Center with offices, daycare and a multi-purpose building in the City of Kamloops
Please consider joining us and using your skills to serve this ministry and the children of Kamloops. This is a remote project to be completed on-line, there is no trip associated with this project.
Proverbs 24:12 tells us that "Once our eyes are opened we cannot pretend we do not know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows we know and holds us responsible to act."
I would like to acknowledge that the land is on the traditional territory of the Secwépemc people within the unceded lands of Secwepemcúl’ecw. It is located in the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc territory that is situated in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada.
— Dan Chong, EMI Canada trip leader