Pauline smiles with her daughters Torri and Artha as they play in one of their development programs

When Torri and Artha were 18 months old, I took them to their pediatrician for a regular checkup. Their doctor immediately noticed that the twins had trouble communicating, and had developmental delays in their social and motor skills.

I couldn’t help but feel responsible. I moved to Canada to start a new life and I had few family members to help me, but I worried I wasn’t giving my daughters what they needed. I worried that I wasn’t being a good mom. With nowhere else to turn, I reached out to a child development centre funded by United Way.



The free programs provided by the centre helped my kids thrive. A child development consultant helped me get my twins into a variety of extra support programs aimed at improving social skills, and on speech and language development. She also connected us with an occupational therapist to boost their motor skills.

I will never forget the first time the twins said their first full sentences. I was so happy, I started crying. It was a huge step; it was like winning an award. Both girls are now speaking, playing and socializing happily, and are ready to start kindergarten. Artha is even reading on her own, and I couldn’t be more proud of my daughters.

Without United Way’s funding, my girls wouldn't be thriving. I don’t know where we’d be today without this support.

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