Central Alberta Refugee Effort and Alberta Culture Days 2020

Meet Asdolah Khierandish!: “I was born in Afghanistan and I am a master rug weaver and designer. I did this job for about twenty five years. I had a part-time job when I was seven and when I was nine, my father took me to a carpet and rug weaving shop. I understood that it is my new job. In the rug weaving shop, about twenty kids and teenagers had been working, three kids on each loom. We were working from early morning to after sunset, for about twelve hours a day and we had no break time. We only had thirty minutes for lunch.After I finished high school, my goal was to become a journalist, but the cruel and racist government did not let me go to university. Their policy was based on racism. Because of my race, I had no chance to get into the journalism department. I was deprived of the opportunity to continue schooling. However, I focused on my job skills, which was weaving and designing handmade rugs and carpets. When I became an adult, I started my own business: designing, buying and selling handmade rugs and carpets. In 2012, my family and I were able to come to Canada. In 2016, my family and I became citizens of Canada. In June 2020, I got my Social Work Diploma from Red Deer College. At present, along with caring for my family (my wife and five kids), I am an active volunteer at C.A.R.E. It has been an amazing experience and also a good opportunity for me to improve my communication skills and use technology for meetings with my clients. I am looking forward to using these skills in my future career.” #ABCultureDays