Your donation will go towards MCC Toronto LGBTQ+ Refugee Programs’ Sponsorship Fund with the hope to raise the necessary funds to sponsor, resettled and support refugees for a twelve month period. They will be supported by sponsors to find housing, access services, go back to school or gain the necessary experience and language proficiency to find meaningful employment, adjust to their new lives in Toronto and walk towards independent living.
The monies raised for the Sponsorship Fund will help support LGBTQ+ people suffering persecution, violence, discrimination and risk to their lives for who they are and who they love.
Two of the many who will benefit from your donation are a newcomer gay couple who escaped from prosecution, discrimination and even death threats from their own family in Iran. When they fled to Turkey they worked in low-paid, insecure and precarious work without protections to support themselves. They were persecuted in Turkey and even jailed briefly because of their status. They lived a very difficult life under harsh conditions in that country. UNHCR recognized them as refugees and recently they were granted permanent residency in Canada.
We hope to support towards building a peaceful life in Canada and accomplish their life goals while becoming contributing members of society.