Breaking Ground

On September 25, 2018, four immigrant women from the Vancouver chapter of The Shoe Project told their stories of arrival and adaptation—through a pair of shoes. The evening’s stories come from Eritrea, Tibet, Syria and Iraq.

The evening was presented by PIRS (Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. PIRS has been working with immigrant and refugee women and their children for more than 40 years, helping thousands of women learn English and develop leadership skills. Breaking Ground is about celebrating the resilience and courage of these women.


The Shoe Project Vancouver chapter's Fanus Gebrenugus (Eritrea) and Sonam Chozom (Tibet)
get ready to read with Local Coordinator Zahida Rahemtulla.


Readers Fanus Gebrenugus (Eritrea), Rawan Nassar (Syria), and Sonam Chozom (Tibet),
pose with an audience member after the show.


Breaking Ground MC Ana Maria Carrizales welcomes the audience to a night of stories.


Rawan Nassar (Syria) answers questions from the audience after her reading.


Audience members at the Emerald Room in Vancouver, listening hard :)