As Syria completes its 5th year in conflict with no end in sight, more than half of the country's population is displaced, with 5 million outside the country as refugees. This remains a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportions. Syrian refugees are suffering in brutally difficult and horrendous circumstances in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan & Egypt. Fortunately, Canada has agreed to open its doors to 25,000 refugees by the spring of 2016. This 25,000 number includes a large number of private sponsorships.
As of December 2015, our team is sponsoring 5 Syrian refugee families through the private sponsorship program. These families have close connections with Syrian Canadians here in Toronto (uncles, aunts, brothers, cousins, close family friends). Together, First Unitarian Toronto has partnered with the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) to help settle them in Toronto.
For each family of 4, we have raised approximately $40,000 (plus $5,000 for each additional family member) to help with rent, furniture, food, clothing, medical aid general living expenses. We are focused on Famiy Re-unification: re-uniting Syrian Canadians with their Syrian refugee family members. We will be fully responsible for all their needs for one full year.
Here is a little information on the families we are sponsoring:
In Lebanon: Talek, Walaa and their 2 little daughters Sedana (aged 3) and Nawal (aged 1) - photos below
In Turkey: Nour & Feras and their twin 4-year-old daughters, Ghina and Joud
In Turkey: Ahmad & Bayan and their children, daughter Zhar and baby boy Yussef
Our 4th & 5th families are still in process and has not been approved by the CIC yet, but stay tuned!
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If you have a special skill or can help with housing, we would love to hear from you.
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