A 66-year-old Norwegian woman is gladly helping foreigners establish themselves in society, reports say.
“According to the Bible, I should care about immigrants as a Christian, and it’s good for me to know I should pursue such things,” said Florø’s Ellen Andreassen to NRK.
A former missionary and nurse, she decided to start teaching immigrants how to drive three years ago.
“It’s important to offer to help people who do not have a stable economy yet, and a license is often important if one wants a job.”
Four people from Eritrea have benefitted from her approach and instruction so far, and she reports another Eritrean is soon ready to take his test.
25-year-old Abrhale T. Habteghergish, who has been living in coastal town Florø for 18 months, told the broadcaster, “She is very kind and clever. Driving in Norway is difficult due to the slippery road conditions and roads that are often wet. However, she gives good instructions and explains what I need to do.”
Talking of one particular good experience she had when starting teaching, pensioner Ellen Andreassen recalled meeting a single mother from Africa.
“She had never driven before, saying and said she wanted to get her license as she had three small children, and there was often a lot of picking up and delivering. We got on so well that the children began calling me grandma.”
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