In 2018 the Powell River organization Hands Across the Water sponsored a second refugee family to Powell River, BC. The Mgeni family had to flee their home in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to war and violence, eventually ending up in Osire, an enclosed UN refugee camp in Namibia (see photo). Tragically, the family of nine lost their mother to illness, and their father is still missing due to the war. Three of their sisters are also missing. Five siblings, ages 27, 23, 15, 13 and 8 were sponsored in a joint initiative of the government and Hands Across the Water, and now reside together in Powell River. The two older siblings have been given custody of the three younger siblings by the Canadian Court.
This campaign is to unite the family with their older brother and his family who remain in the refugee camp. Miraculously, four months prior to the family leaving the refugee camp the Mgeni older brother arrived to the camp with his pregnant wife (who has now given birth to a baby girl). He had been separated from his siblings for many years, and they only had four short months together before the rest of the family left for Canada.
With your help we are hoping to raise the needed funds to reunite this 31 year old, and his wife and baby, with the rest of his family in Canada. Bringing the older brother to Canada will strengthen the family in many ways, including more assistance for the older siblings who are completely responsible for the younger three.
If we are lucky enough to raise more funds than needed we will sponsor more individuals. According to the UNHCR in 2017 44,000 people per day were forcibly displaced from their homes “fueled in large part by new crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Myanmar, as well as the ongoing conflict in Syria…the [refugee] population swelled by a net 2.9 million last year, raising the cumulative total to 68.5 million”. The refugee crisis around the world is astounding and tragic.
Please help us make a difference in one family’s life.