Help Syrian Family Reunite

Two and a half years ago, our friends and neighbours came together to sponsor a Syrian refugee family to come to Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  The newcomer family lives in our neighborhood, and their two young boys are going to school for the first time in their lives.  The Mom and Dad are employed and working incredibly hard to learn English and thrive here in Canada.   It has been an inspiring and life changing project for all of us.

One of their major worries in life is that they still have family living as refugees in Lebanon.  They have a dream of sponsoring their extended family to come to Canada so they can be reunited.  Towards making this dream come true, they have managed to save $10,000 in just the short time they have been working.  However, they require $37,500 to apply for family reunification with the Canadian government.  This money is used for providing basic essentials to the family for their first year in Canada and to prepare them for working here.  These funds are an absolute requirement for submitting an application for family reunification.

The family to come over is comprised of 8 individuals - 2 working-age parents with 3 children, one of whom is married and has a 2 very young daughters.  They had 5 children, but two of their children have died as refugees in Lebanon.  Their situation is desperate, and the family feels they might not survive if they have to wait another 2 years for their Canadian family to save enough money to bring them here.  So, we are reaching out for help from anyone who might be able to help this family of 8 to come to Canada and find peace and safety with their family. 

The entire family has UNHRC official refugee status, they just haven't been placed with a country yet because there are so many people waiting.  Our sponsorship group is partnered with the Muslim Society of Guelph who have co-ordinated many Syrian refugees to come to our city, and with us, is committed to helping this family settle in Canada. 

Thank you for reading and thank you with all our hearts for any contributions that can be made.

Update for GoFundMe requirements: My husband and I are the legal Canadian sponsors of the Syrian family that is currently in Guelph, and will be the legal sponsors the family to be brought to Canada.  We are in daily contact with the Canadian-Syrian family via telephone, text, email and visits.   The entire amount raised here will be withdrawn by myself to put into a trust account with the Muslim Society of Guelph.  The funds will be used to cover the daily living costs of the incoming family (rent, food, etc) for their first year, until they can start working here.
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Liz SK 
Guelph, ON

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