How one man is honouring his mom by giving back to immigrants

posted on April 24, 2019

By CBC News |

Charles Aondo wants to help immigrants with his business idea — he’s setting up a clothing company and event business to help raise money for a special immigrant fund. Aondo is originally from Nigeria, but has lived on P.E.I. for about 10 years.

“It’s basically a fund to help immigrants whenever they need,” said Aondo.

He said he’s trying to create another option for immigrants, to give them some more resources and reduce some of the stress involved in coming to a new country.

“It sort of gives them a little bolster. It’s just something to help them.”

‘Take the stress away’

He said as an international student he struggled to keep up with extra fees he had to pay, and regulations also limited how much he could work.

“This is coming from experiences that I’ve gone through,” Aondo said.

He said applications for work permits, visas, and hiring agents and lawyers all add up.

“I want to try and help,” he said. “Just to take the stress away.”

In honour of his mom

The clothing has an umbrella logo and “Ruth’s,” on it. The fund is also called Ruth’s immigration fund, both named in honour of his late mom, Ruth Aondo, who died in 2016.

“She is everything I needed in every phase of my life,” said Aondo.

He hopes the name and umbrella logo will become a recognized symbol of help and togetherness.

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