Welcome Place - Emerson Refugees
Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council) seeking help for Emerson Refugees Claimants
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-951-9797.
Board Member – Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council
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 email@example.com or 204-951-9797.
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.
Welcome Place, through grants from the Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg Foundation and over 1000 donors from across the world including Europe, Australia, all across North America and every Province and Territory in Canada, have raised over $200,000. This funds our expanded In Canada Protection Program for about 5 months.
We need to support this program for a year. We can’t react ad hoc. Our staff have full time responsibilities to support Government Assisted Refugees. We need to expand the In Canada Protection Program on a semi-permanent basis. We have no idea what’s going to happen in the next 6 months or more so we must prepare for it. To ensure we can sustain the program and staff for a full year, we need to raise an additional $300,000.
By the numbers:
• 180+ – The number of Refugees Claimants in January and February 2017
• 2500% - The increase of refugee claimants over January and February 2016
• 1000+ - The projected number of refugee claimants over the next year
• 30+ - The number of hours Welcome Place provides to support to each refugee claimant we assist
• 3 Days – the time a refugee claimant has to file paperwork with the Immigration and Refugee Board with the assistance of Welcome Place
• $300,000 – the funding required to sustain Welcome Place’s In Canada Protection Program for a year so we can provide services ensuring refugee claimants are treated with respect, dignity and safety as they move through the process