Having recently arrived in Canada, Massihullah, a beneficiary of Jumpstart’s WES gateway program, shared with us the highlights of his experiences, challenges and growth in his new home. This is his story!

Moving to Canada was a big thing. It was tough. My family and everyone I knew were back home. I had a lot of support from family in Afghanistan, but now that I live alone, a lot has changed. I had to start from scratch in Canada.

Settling [in Canada] was challenging in terms of finding employment within the career you want [as] I couldn’t continue working in the same field as before.
The first advice I received was to continue my education. In order to do that, I needed to get an evaluation of my credentials; I had to further my studies to pursue better work opportunities.

I have tried other settlement programs that I originally thought I would hand in your resume, and they would shorten the process and become a bridge between employers and myself. But that wasn’t the case. They were nice and did what they could, but they had limited resources.

Fortunately, I found out about Jumpstart [WES Gateway]. The process was straightforward […] all I needed to do was to send my documents and it was taken care of. It was both accessible and a positive experience.

Something new I’ve learned about myself is that I could do a lot. Before moving to Canada, I thought I could just do a 9-5, and that would be it. Now, I’ve learned that I could use my time more effectively. If I face a problem, I try to find a solution. I am willing to try, and I always see the bright side. This keeps me motivated.

I am largely inspired and motivated by my potential future career in Canada. I want to be a part of something bigger and better. I’m hoping to work with a well-known nonprofit organization. I enjoy this type of work. Helping others keeps me going, and while it may not be considered a big difference to some, this is what I consider a big deal to me. Aside from work, the game of soccer inspires me. There was an organization where I applied for a soccer trainer position. I could work with young kids and be helpful in times where isolation is a big issue within the community. I was really looking forward to this, however, due to the pandemic it was postponed.

I would advise other refugees to go with the flow. Arriving in Canada, I thought there was going to be a lot of pressure. There are ups and downs, but if you’re meant to have something, you’ll definitely get it. Most importantly, you shouldn’t shy away from asking for help. Reach out to friends and family and use helpful resources available to you like Jumpstart.

All in all, I’m thankful. Everything has been good. I’ve been to other countries and seen dynamics between refugees and government. As far as I know, people living together, as diverse as it is in Canada, is a great achievement.

For more information about Jumpstart’s WES Gateway Program, visit