Settlement of African Refugees

$6,610 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 20 months
We have had refugees crossing the Canadian boarder into Manitoba in recent months with some braving severe prarie winter conditions just for a safe haven in Canada. Two men that went through the process have been hospitalized and one is likely to loose his fingers due to frostbite. These refugees need help and we believe we can count on your support. Please see recent stories in the news media below for more details and thanks for your support.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3180522/ghanaian-community-in-winnipeg-comes-together-to-help-frostbitten-refugees/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ghanaian-refugee-winnipeg-1.3933835

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/refugee-claimants-illegally-crossing-international-border-on-the-rise-1.3233867

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/search-for-safe-home-leads-to-canada-410341055.html

Any help offered would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Ghanaian Union of Manitoba Inc.
www.GhanaUnionMB.ca

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Hello All,

Razak and Seidu have left the confines of the Health Sciences Centre (i.e. the main hospital). They are living in a house managed by Hospitality House - a non-profit organisation, that has for many years been helping refugees in Winnipeg.

Both of them are generally doing well. Last week however Seidu had to visit the Emergency . One of his thighs that was used for his skin draft on his arm got severely infected and swollen. He was taken care of and released...he keeps on limping a bit due to that.

Karin Gordon of Hospitality House takes care of both of them - driving them for appointments and helping with day-to-day activities. We have some community members also helping out e.g. preparing meals for them and helping with visitations.

Life has changed totally for the 2 boys...example their clothes - they have to wear sweat pants - no zippers, no buttons, no strings to tie, no belts.

Here is a funny story though: The two of them went for a walk recently and they were with someone. The fellow somehow fell due to the slippery conditions (melting snow). The two boys just looked at each other seemingly asking themselves..."what do we do?"...the fellow that fell just looked up to them then realised... "oh the boys could not help-they have no hands". The fellow had to get up with no help. Later the boys said..."you know we would have helped but we have no hands..." The boys found it funny under the circumstances but they really would have helped if they could.

Taking medication is a challenge but they are coping. Drugs go into small containers that they pick up with their lips then toss the head backward....easy to sip a glass filled with water or pick up a bottle of water with the lips. They ought to plan as to when they have to eat, pee, put on their shoes, take clothes off etc. They are dealing with the bare basics of getting by but they are doing well and in good spirits.

Thanks to all for your donations and prayers.

regards,
Ghanaian Union of Manitoba Inc.
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A comment was asked as to whether the funds are going to the two men directly who have lost fingers to frostbite OR to the organization for use in its broader causes?

The answer to the question is that the funds are going directly to the two men affected and also to some of the other refugees needing help. All funds (100%) go directly to the refugees. We do not incur any administrative expenses for embarking on this campaign. The campaign is solely for the recent influx of refugees that we have had in recent months and more importantly for the two men whose lives have changed forever due to the ordeal they went through and the challenges ahead them.

thank you.

Ghanaian Union of Manitoba Inc.
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Here is an update on how the boys are doing. CBC Manitoba did an extensive interview with them on how they are coping. They are out of the main hospital but they are living in a facility managed by the hospital.

In the link below you will read about how they are doing.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/asylum-seekers-learning-to-cope-without-hands-after-frostbitten-walk-into-canada-1.3998305

Again thanks for all the support. We do appreciate the thoughts and well wishes.

God Bless.

Ghanaian Union of Manitoba Inc.
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Caution: This update may be graphic for some.

The 2 boys (Mohammed and Razak) in hospital had surgery about 10 days ago. Mohammed lost his two hands. Razak lost his 8 fingers, one thumb and half of the other thumb.

Mohammed has been in a bed for the most part as portions of his thighs were used to seal his wrists after hands were cut. Both hands are heavily bandaged as they got very swollen after the surgery. doctors indicate the swollen portions would ease off and come down in size as the wound heals.

Razak was moved to a rehabilitation centre about 3 days ago.

Both boys are doing well under the circumstances. Razak for example has started using his one full thumb. he is able to punch numbers on the phone or change channels on the TV remote control. He is also able to feed himself with an improvised attached spoon to his wrist.

We visit them on a daily basis...giving them some African dishes which they sometimes miss when compared to what they get to eat at the hospital.

We are most grateful to you all for your support and may God bless you all.
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Chris Cleghorn
18 months ago

Please clarify! Are the funds going to the two men directly who have lost fingers to frostbite OR to the organization for use in its broader causes?

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Jenna Mary
18 months ago

I would like my donation to go directly to the two men in the story. They need the funds the most from what I can see.

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Susan Collins
18 months ago

I do sympathize with the plight of these 2 men and all the immigrants. However, I do wish there was this much sympathy, financial support, and outpouring of caring for Canadians, many of whom are the working poor, who have to rely on food banks, go without proper shelter and clothing and can't afford medications they need - often through no fault of their own. They say charity begins at home.

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Jenna Mary
19 months ago

Please tell us how they are. I am so worried about them I think about them every day.

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Carolyn Pittana
9 months ago

Razak Iyal & and Seidu Mohammed, so sorry for what you went thru to get here.

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Anonymous
18 months ago
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18 months ago
$100
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18 months ago
JR
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Jill Reyna
18 months ago

It is you. It could have been me. Strength, hope, and a prayer that you find a peaceful place.

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Anonymous
18 months ago
Chris Cleghorn
18 months ago

Please clarify! Are the funds going to the two men directly who have lost fingers to frostbite OR to the organization for use in its broader causes?

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Jenna Mary
18 months ago

I would like my donation to go directly to the two men in the story. They need the funds the most from what I can see.

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Susan Collins
18 months ago

I do sympathize with the plight of these 2 men and all the immigrants. However, I do wish there was this much sympathy, financial support, and outpouring of caring for Canadians, many of whom are the working poor, who have to rely on food banks, go without proper shelter and clothing and can't afford medications they need - often through no fault of their own. They say charity begins at home.

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Jenna Mary
19 months ago

Please tell us how they are. I am so worried about them I think about them every day.

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