Ha!qua Youth Program, Riversdale

Ha!qua began as a facility focusing on the rehabilitation of three local youth who managed to get on the wrong side of the law in 2000. It is now a creative learning and recreation facility for a broad range of people, including those with troubled backgrounds, those with various levels of ability, or those who simply want to give back to their community. The wheelchair-friendly grounds have chick-rearing facilities, a vegetable garden, composting, a museum commemorating Ha!qua’s long-standing relationship with its Ukrainian supporters, a giant chess board, game rooms, and various spaces for skills and arts including painting, beading, and paper-mâché.

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Rehabilitation of Riversdale youth

From the outside it looked like there was nothing going on, which made sense since our visit fell during the school holidays. At closer inspection, it was clear that we couldn’t have been more wrong. The hive of activity and range of projects running at Ha!qua Youth Program surprised all of us.

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