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RAHA Program

Overview

Multiple meanings, such as “to be at rest”, “to feel comfort”, and “to have peace of mind”.

In Kurdish, the word RAHA means “no limitation”, “absolute power”, “leader” and “to have authority”

In Farsi, RAHA means “to be free”

In Hindi, RAHA means “pathway”

A simple word with empowering, yet comforting meanings.


Pronunciation

The “RA” in the word, the R rolls off your tongue to show energy and being lifted-up spiritually and emotionally. Ra is also the name of the sun god in ancient Egypt, representing enlightenment.

The “Ha” in the word comes from deep inside the lungs, like exhaling, demonstrating the feeling of being relaxed and letting go.

The RAHA program focused on the Middle Eastern community living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.

THIS PROGRAM WAS FUNDED BY

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Services provided

  • Support groups in English (coming soon)

  • One on one peer support

  • Mindfulness sessions

  • Financial aid for members

  • Groups for MSM support

  • Annual retreat

  • Sensitivity training of Middle Eastern cultures within other organizations

  • Language, translation, and literacy support in Arabic and Farsi

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the RAHA Program has expanded to the "Pathways to Care" services, "Arabic and Farsi Speakers Sexual Health Education" services, and "Settlement" services for Arabic and Farsi speaking newcomers to Canada.