From Syria to Toronto

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Raised by 24 people in 31 months



This is Tareq and Nour, two Syrian refugees needing your help to reach safety of Canada!
We are collecting funds to sponsor my two friends-very talented Syrian couple-who are currently seeking asylum in Canada.

They are both active volunteers at refugee camps helping traumatized people through art and music. They would be a great support of the refugee community here in Canada. They are struggling with money and have no promising future where they are at.

We need financial support from all of our friends,  family and good people around the globe. 
We need to reach a financial goal in order to start the sponsoring process, please kindly donate what you can on this gofundme page, and share this post to help bringing them to the safety of Canada as soon as possible. Thank you.


A refugee couple will require  $21,200 to live in Canada for 12 months. As a sponsor, we are responsible for their living expenses for the initial year of their lives in Canada.

Without further rambling, here is their story:

"Please Help Us!!!

Tareq: "My family and I used to live happily in Syria; My father died in 1992 because of a medical mistake, so my mother has been taking care of us (my sister, my two brothers and I) since then..."

..."Our home was located in Harasta... On 2011 my home got bombed by the regime forces , so we had to evacuate suddenly... in a day - under fire , in the shadows of tanks and bombing every corner , we managed to escape from Harasta...a sniper almost hit me when I was helping my mom moving her lockage that day... My family and I had to relocate to Damascus, we had to be separated , my mom with her family and I as a male I had to sleep over my friends houses..."

"I make music to forget about the misery I’m living in, and I also found comfort helping children in shelters around Damascus - I used to teach them music and play for them... On 2012 I met Nour in Syria , and we fell in love; We have comforted each other and help each others during the darkest times..."

..."Nour and I  heard that  Canadians are welcoming and open minded people that will not treat us as unwanted members of society, but as humans... which is why we want go there... I want to be a productive member in society...

Nour: "I come from a middle class family from Syria. My two sisters and I were raised by my mom; My dad abandoned the family when I was 10 years old, so my mom took care of us and educated us to be independent and strong women...  I had my first job when I was 18 - after I graduated from accounting school - that is when I started helping my mother to support my family..."

..."I had a nice job as an assistant, and I was making a good living; I never thought that we would ever have to leave Syria, we were so happy back then..."

..."In 2011 war erupted, our city we used to live in became a sheltering center for lots who lost their homes... I volunteered to help children traumatized by war in schools around Damascus...we were supporting them psychologically with games and arts ..."


..."I learned music and rhythm methods - the first instrument I learned to play was the drums. On my birthday in 2012 Tarek gave me a “Cajon” he had , as a birthday gift.  I currently play with Tarek as a musician... This is the only way we could keep supporting our families back in Syria ..."

..." The war in Syria took a lot from us, but we will not lose hope... We want other Syrians to know that there is hope...  We didn’t mean to make you sad or depressed , but we want to be honest and give you nothing more than  a small glance of our story, hoping that you can help us..."

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We are still going to use Lifelinesyria.ca  for support and guidance and to help Tarek and Nour.

Many of our friends have volunteered to provide us with household items, beds, clothes and furniture.

We need your help. Please donate and share this gofundme account with everyone that you think will want to help us. We would appreciate anything you have to give, no amount is too small to help. 

Let's do something EXTRAORDINARY, something that would COMPLETELY CHANGE  the lives of these people forever - THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO  CREATE A BETTER WORLD FOR HUMANITY!!

The sooner we are able to raise this money, the sooner Tarek and Nour will be able to come to the safety of Canada and be welcomed into the Toronto community. 


Thank you for your generosity and God bless you ALL

Love,
Winny & Jessica. ❤

For more information, and to keep up to date with the progress of our couple, please check out our website at our Facebook page .

Here is one flamenco piece composed and performed by Tareq, this piece is telling the tragic life of a Refugee in the Sea:

https://youtu.be/r67274caNzI

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Hi, supporters of Tarek and Nour. Thank you for your generous donations to help the sponsor team to bring the wonderful Syrian musician couple to safety of Canada. They have arrived a few months ago and have started their life here steadily. They are now working as music teacher, and child educator while holding other part-time jobs. They are working hard and running music-healing programs for children in Toronto. They also are planning on going to college next year.

Thank you so much for your donation. This project of love was only possible due to your kindness and contribution! If you want to read more about our story, you can read it at this website (an interview we are doing for Canadian Minds&Hearts Library): http://welcomehome.to/project/winny-shen/

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! When all of us work together, we can truly make miracles happen, and make the world a more loving, accepting, trusting home for all of us and our future generations.

With love,

Sponsors of GTA Lightworkers
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Dear supports of Tareq and Nour:

We have finalized our preparation process of sponsorship application forms, and are in the stage of delivering it to immigration Canada. Thank you so much for your generosity and care, the money we raised will go towards helping Tareq and Nour to transition into a new life here in Canada. We are still short our goal, although application will be sent out soon, there will still be a few months time before Tareq and Nour will come to Canada, meanwhile, the fundraising page will still be on. Please continue to support them in any way you can, for example by sharing this page in your social network. With much blessings for you all - Winny
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Christine Zomorodian
28 months ago

Great to learn about your story! Please make a Facebook page with some snippets of performance video; it will help people see what you can do and further help your story and quest stand out. Best of luck to you!!

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Best of luck, Tarek and Nour!

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Eve-Lynn Stein
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Best wishes. I hope that everything works out well for your friends and I look forward to hearing them play music in Toronto.

Christine Zomorodian
28 months ago

Great to learn about your story! Please make a Facebook page with some snippets of performance video; it will help people see what you can do and further help your story and quest stand out. Best of luck to you!!

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