Immigrant Aid - MB

Reunite Sente's Family!

Sente* is a hard-working, entrepreneurial refugee from Eritrea. She fled Eritrea when the army came to arrest her because her husband had deserted after 15 years of enforced military service under terrible conditions. She walked all the way to Sudan, and from there to Egypt. Facing violence in Egypt, she paid smugglers to take her to Israel, where she has temporary refuge.

In Israel, she proved her industrious spirit, opening a hair salon and sending money back to her family in Eritrea. She remarried and built a family in South Tel Aviv, but Eritreans' status there is precarious. Without clear legal status, Sente and her family fear being returned to Eritrea, where they face incarceration or death.

When Sente escaped Eritrea, she left two young daughters in the care of her parents for fear of their lives. She has dreamed for 10 years of seeing them again.

A little over a year ago, her older daughter Salma* was also forced to flee Eritrea. Like Sente, she escaped by foot and survived what is considered the world's most dangerous migration route, to arrive in Ethiopia. There, it is unsafe for her to go out, and she and her infant son are in constant danger of deportation. 

Now that Salma is out of Eritrea, however, she and her son can be reunited with Sente, if they can all be sponsored as immigrants to Canada.

Thanks to generous anonymous donors, we have already raised $65,000 of the $100,000 needed to bring Sente and her husband, their two young children, and her older brother, as well as Salma and her baby to Canada.

We need your help now!

You can reunite a family and transform the lives of 7 people.

Thank you for helping us give Sente and her family the basics we take for granted: family, safety, and knowing where they'll live tomorrow.

*Names have been changed to avoid reprisals by the Eritrean Government against family members left behind.

Background: Eritrea

Eritrea is one of the world's most oppressive dictatorships. Unelected President Isaias Afwerki has ruled for 28 years. The government controls the judiciary and the press, and is accused of extrajudicial executions, torture, forced labour, rape and sexual servitude by state officials, religious persecution, and indefinitely prolonged military service under conditions that often amount to slavery.

It is difficult to leave Eritrea legally, and those caught escaping are punished severely or killed.

About the sponsors:

Beit Tzion is a small community Modern Orthodox synagogue in Toronto, Canada. We are working together with Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS) to welcome Sente's family to Canada. Official sponsorship is through JIAS. Your donations on this page go to Beit Tzion and receive full Canadian tax receipts. We transfer the entire funds to JIAS to support Sente's family's arrival.

$2,750 raised of $50,000 goal

11 months, 2 weeks to go
Fundraiser Ends Dec. 31, 2021