Welcome Place - Emerson Refugees

$23,928 of $300k goal

Raised by 277 people in 2 months
Rita Chahal  R3A0E4

Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council) seeking help for Emerson Refugees Claimants

#openyourhearts
 

Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.) has been welcoming refugees from around the world for over 70 years. One aspect of our work is to assist refugee claimants - people who cross the border without documentation and are seeking asylum.

Manitoba has recently seen an increase in the arrivals of people undertaking dangerous and long journeys to find peace and safety. This fund is intended to provide direct aid to those arriving in Emerson, Manitoba. It will be used to provide basic necessities upon arrival: food, shelter, warm clothes, etc. 

Refugee claimants must submit a detailed refugee claim. Filing such a claim requires support from knowledgeable individuals who know the numerous steps of the process and can ensure that each person receives expertise during a daunting legal process. At Welcome Place we make an effort to extend a warm welcome to refugees and ensure all basic needs are met including housing, health and food needs.

Make your donation now so that refugee claimants can receive a warm welcome and support services.

Note: We help refugee claimants understand their rights to which they are entitled; and assist them in the preparation of their claim. We do not guarantee the final outcome of the hearing process.

For more information:

http://miic.ca/category/news/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/refugees-winnipeg-foundation-1.3980648

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/13/increasing-numbers-of-muslim-migrants-trek-north-to-canada-sometimes-through-freezing-temperatures-and-snow/?utm_term=.dfa47b166916

http://miic.ca/2017/02/10/were-willing-to-step-up-says-emerson-reeve-after-emergency-meeting/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/refugees-canada-border-crossing-1.3963012

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Update 9
Posted by Rita Chahal
29 days ago
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#OPENYOURHEARTS.CA GOES GLOBAL!

Winnipeg, MB: The eyes of the world are on Manitoba and its response to those seeking Asylum in Canada. As a result of this, Welcome Place, who helps assist refugee claimants in their journey, has felt significant pressure on its limited resources and has embarked on an international fundraising Campaign to help meet increased funding demands with an ambitious, but necessary goal of $300,000.

Welcome Place’s openyourhearts.ca fundraising campaign has reached all corners of the Globe with donations received from as far as way as Australia. From the United States alone, donations have been received from over 30 States, and, in Canada, Welcome Place has received donations from 10 provinces and 2 territories.

Since the Campaign launch on March 4, the Campaign has averaged over $2,500 in daily donations and the campaign has collected over $42,000 in grassroots support. “Our digital campaign has been a success and has reached all corners of the globe, but we still have a long way to go,” Campaign Chair Colin Dorrian stated.

“We have also received media calls from international media outlets such as NBC, CNN, ABC and BBC,” Colin stated. “Our reach has been global and we are extremely proud of this.”

For over 70 Years, Welcome Place has provided settlement services for new Canadians. Since the beginning of 2017, Welcome Place has provided assistance to over 220 refugee claimants from over 24 countries making their way across the frozen fields near Emerson, Manitoba. If the numbers stay the same, Welcome Place will see in excess of 1000 refugee claimants needing assistance in the next year as compared to 200 for all of 2016.

In addition to donations, Welcome Place is seeking social media support from the public. “Open up your hearts and like us on Facebook, share our pictures and stories, tweet and retweet, and join us in our journey,” said Colin.

To coordinate an interview with Welcome Place contact Bruce Waite at brucew@miic.ca.

Bruce Waite

Board Member – Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council

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Update 8
Posted by Rita Chahal
1 month ago
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Welcome Place is excited to announce that world renowned Human Rights activists Asha Ahmed and Yahya Samatar have joined the OpenYourHearts.ca Campaign as spokespersons. “Both Asha and Yahya have incredible stories of perseverance and courage, and we are very honoured to have them on our team.” said Colin Dorrian, Board member for Welcome Place. As spokespersons for Welcome Place OpenYourHears.ca campaign, Asha and Yahya will be available to speak to businesses and organizations who are interested in the Campaign and Human Rights.
Asha Ahmed came to Winnipeg in October of 2016 and is a former politician and human rights activist in Somalia. While in Somalia, Asha advocated for women’s and children’s rights, and was a frequent speaker at the United Nations. Her efforts centred around ending female genital mutilation. “This is so exciting for me as I want to give back to the organization that has assisted me and many others while I adjust to life in Canada,” Asha stated. “Canada is a great country and I look forward to making a positive impact and helping Welcome Place with the Campaign.”
Yahya Samatar came to Winnipeg in August of 2015 and he was a former human rights activist in Somalia building schools and rehabilitating child soldiers. “When I arrived in Canada I had nothing but my name and my heart and my deep desire for a new life for me and my family. Welcome Place and other settlement organizations have provided me with great support with my resettlement, and I am grateful for their work. Today, I work full time, I pay taxes, and I feel the responsibility to help others who are like me.”
For over 70 Years, Welcome Place has provided settlement services for new Canadians. Since the beginning of 2017, Welcome Place has provided assistance to over 200 refugee claimants from over a dozen countries making their way across the frozen fields near Emerson, Manitoba. If the numbers stay the same, Welcome Place will see 1000 refugee claimants needing assistance in the next year as compared to 200 for all of 2016. Welcome Place has embarked on an international fundraising Campaign to help meet increased funding demands with an ambitious but necessary goal of $300,000. “The support has been tremendous so far, but we have a lofty goal and long way to go,” said Colin.
In addition to donations, Welcome Place is seeking social media support from the public. “Open up your hearts and press like, share, tweet, retweet, and join us in our journey,” said Asha.
To coordinate an interview with Asha, Yahya or Colin, contact Bruce Waite at brucew@miic.ca or 204-951-9797.
Bruce Waite
Board Member – Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council
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Update 7
Posted by Rita Chahal
1 month ago
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19 Refugee Claimants Arrive in One Day – Welcome Place #OpenYourHearts Campaign Update

Since our campaign launch on Saturday March 4th, we’ve assisted 24 new Refugee Claimants nearing almost 200 in 2017 so far. The trend of more vulnerable people such as pregnant mothers and children and unaccompanied minors continues to increase. We are receiving refugee claimants from Somalia, Djibouti, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia Democratic Republic of Congo and Eritrea.
The #openyourhearts campaign has raised over $26,000 since the launch from 110 donors and we continue to work towards our goal of $300,000. These funds are needed to support an expanded In Canada Protection Program for the upcoming year to assist an expected 1000 refugee claimants.
The openyourhearts.ca campaign is also proud to have the support of the Honourable Maria Chaput (Senator, Retired) who is joining our Campaign Cabinet. In accepting a position on our Cabinet, Senator Chaput commented that “Canadians are blessed and privileged to be born in Canada. We have so much. It is our duty and responsibility to share with others.”

For more information about Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, Welcome Place and our work in assisting with the Emerson Refugee Claimant situation or to coordinate an interview with a Board or Management member, contact Bruce Waite by email at brucew@miic.ca or 204-951-9797.
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Update 6
Posted by Rita Chahal
1 month ago
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Breaking News This Morning
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Eighteen asylum seekers — two Tuesday night and 16 on Wednesday morning — were rescued while trying to cross the Canada-U.S. border during a winter storm near Emerson, Man., the town's reeve says.

Greg Janzen said at least one person suffered a broken arm while making the trek through a bitterly cold storm that brought snow and high winds to Manitoba.

"They are still assessing them all as we speak," Janzen said at about 8 a.m. CT Wednesday.

Emergency workers are concerned there is another person still missing, the reeve said.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/emerson-blizzard-border-1.4014953

http://globalnews.ca/news/3295543/19-asylum-seekers-including-children-cross-over-emerson-border-during-winter-storm/
19 asylum seekers,crossed including kids
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$23,928 of $300k goal

Raised by 277 people in 2 months
Created February 13, 2017
Rita Chahal  
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Gurneen Sidhu
22 days ago
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Karen Johnson
28 days ago

I'm a US citizen and live in South Dakota. I regret that my own country will not do the same for refugees who only want a safe home for their families. I am so ashamed of my country's behavior. Thank you for all you are doing to help these refugees. I will continue to help as I am able.

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Bonnie Salsman
29 days ago

Happy to be able to support this important work! Thank you Rita and Welcome Place.

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29 days ago
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