Two Refugee Families, One Dream

$1,735 of $57.6k goal

Raised by 15 people in 6 months
Ramsey Zeid  Winnipeg , MB
Two families. One Palestinian, one Syrian, both displaced by the conflict in Syria. Both are in Turkey or near the Turkish border, where they’re treated worse than second-class citizens, living in deplorable conditions, in danger, forbidden from achieving their potential. Look at their faces. These are good people, people just like you and me, who had homes, jobs, families, dreams and values that kept them strong until the horrors of war took away everything they had.

As Canadians, we know that every person deserves to be treated as just that – a person – with the human rights and dignity and opportunities that implies. The necessary paperwork has been completed to bring these families to Canada, where they will settle in Winnipeg. All we need is your help.

This message has been written with about as much heartfelt emotion as you can imagine. Please take a moment to get to know these two families, the Dasukis and the Ashi's, both of whom are being co-sponsored by the Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba, CPAM. And even better, make a gift to their campaign. Each dollar brings them one step closer to coming to Canada, and starting the new life they deserve.

The Dasuki Family
The Dasukis are Palestinians, originally from the village of Tantura beside Haifa that was razed to the ground 68 years ago, and its people massacred. Their family relocated to Yarmouk, a refugee camp for Palestinians in Syria that itself has been destroyed in the Syrian conflict. In the 1980s, the father, Ghassan worked in Qatar for a petrochemical company, until his job ended and he was forced to return with his family in Yarmouk.

 Since the war, they have stayed in Turkey, where they do their best to survive. They share a one-bedroom apartment, are without legal status and forbidden from working. Despite that, they stay close as a family. The parents, Ghassan and Fatmeh are proud of their daughters, each of whom is talented and beautiful in her own way. They are:

·       Alaa (30) has a degree in languages
·       Hiba (25) has a degree in finance
·       Doaa (20), is excited to finish her university degree in environmental studies 
·       Bissan (13), dreams of one day becoming a musician.

The Ashi Family
The Ashis are two parents with three young children. Ismail (35), is a pastry chef from Hama in northwest Syria, a region that was among the first to see heavy shelling and is currently under siege. He has found work in a beverages factory in Turkey, and lives with his friends in an impossibly-crowded room. He has lost half his weight in a reaction to the stress of trying to reunite with his family.
His wife Lojain (27) is a baker and hopes to become one in Canada. She lives with her three children in Sarmada on the Syrian side of the border. It’s a dangerous place – assaults are common – but it’s cheaper than living in Turkey, which matters when you’re close to starving. She would do anything to be with her husband and make a better life for her children. They are:
·       AbdulSalam (10)
·       Fatmeh (7)
·       Osama (7 months)
How do we know this? Because Ismail, a highly energetic hard working young man, had friends who made their way to Canada, they approached us to help in finding a better future for this family.  
Let’s give them a new start

The plight of the Dasukis and the Ashis has captured the hearts of many of us in Winnipeg, and many groups are banding together to help in the effort. In addition to CPAM, we have co-sponsored with the Crossed Hands Refugee Committee and many members of the Palestinian community of Winnipeg. In addition to completing the necessary paperwork to bring over these families, we anticipate much volunteer work will be needed to help settle them in a new city and a new country. All help is welcome.

What’s needed right now is financial support. For the Dasukis, $75,600 is the cost required by the Canadian government to settle a family of six adults for a year in this country. Fortunately, once they arrive in Winnipeg, the Dasukis will be staying with elderly couple in a huge bungalow and they will be able to provide rent, furniture and other start-up costs. 

With these in-kind donations – worth $45,000 – included, that brings down our target to $30,600.  For the Ashis, the cost of settlement mandated by the government for a family of two adults and two children is $27,000, bringing the total fundraising goal to bring both families to Canada at $57,600.    That’s a lot – but we can do it together!

Where your money goes
Your donation will contribute to each family’s budget for the first year, including:

·       Rent (determined by the government to be $6,000 for each adult or $8,400 for a family of four)

·       Food  staples ($175 annually per adult or $475 for a family of four)
·       Clothing ($500 per person or $1,750 for a family of four)
·       Furniture ($1,500 per adult or $3,000 for a family of four)
·       Startup costs ($325 per person or $400 for a family of four)

When we saw that number we were disheartened. But we can contribute some money and we know a lot of others who are willing to do the same. If we come together collectively, we can make it happen.
Think of it. Their lives will change for the better. And you’ll be a part of it. It’s something they will never forget, and probably something you’ll never forget either. You’re creating a new future.
All the money raised (except for the 5% administrative fee charged by GoFundMe) will be kept in a secure fund by Crossed Hands and used to directly fund the family’s resettlement.

With your help, we’ll help these two good families get a brand new start in a new country they’re excited to call home.

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$1,735 of $57.6k goal

Raised by 15 people in 6 months
Created September 24, 2016
Cory Pahl
3 months ago

I hope these families can get help, Cory, Nanaimo

4 months ago
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Bequie Lake
4 months ago
Shane Maxon
5 months ago
Krishna Lalbiharie
5 months ago
Walid Yassir
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Imran Fahim
5 months ago

hope, that will help a little.. thank you

Jamal Shihadeh
6 months ago
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6 months ago
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