Sponsor Syrian Refugees to PEI
$26,005 of $25,000 goal
Want to help Canada's smallest province bring Syrian refugee families out of harm's way?
We are a collection of citizens, churches, and interested parties in Queen's County PEI. We are working together to try to bring at least 4 families to the Charlottetown area this coming winter, and to settle and support them.
We have one application - for a family of 8 - currently in process, and if our community support is broad enough, we are prepared to begin sponsorship of at least 3 other families immediately. Our group has a mandate to take in refugees based on need - religion will not play a role in the selection process.
The first family being sponsored are currently in a refugee camp in Lebanon. They have been there for 2 years, living in what is barely a subsistence environment.
A number of the churches involved have successfully sponsored previous refugee families, and this consortium has already raised well over $30,000 locally. Proceeds from this GoFundMe will be added to that growing total - the online campaign aims to add at least $25,000 to the overall goal of $100,000, which would enable us to consider 4 applications. All donations - even $5 - are a meaningful way to make a difference in this urgent crisis, and are deeply appreciated. :)
If you wish to receive a charitable tax credit (Canada only) for your donation of $20 or more, please contact Trinity-Clifton United Church to request a receipt:
Commitment to You
100% of your donation - except the 5% that GoFundMe charges for their platform - will be going to support the refugees. Absolutely no funds received through this campaign will be used for administrative costs outside the GoFundMe share.
We are committed to ensuring that the families we sponsor to PEI receive the best possible care and outcome once they arrive. We have many people who are willing to volunteer: time, feet, and wheels on the ground. Your generous donation will ensure that we have monies for initial food costs, medical needs, dental needs, household items, and, of course, rent.
VOLUNTEER WITH US:
How else can you help?
Perhaps you are not in a position to donate funds to this important cause, but you may be able to provide other means of support. Our families will arrive here with literally nothing. We are organizing to raise clothing and household donations in the community, and to build support networks for families upon their arrival. We need places for them to live, we need furniture for their homes, we need community support, we need love and care and understanding. If you are are a doctor or dentist we need you in particular. :)
If you wish to help with that end of the sponsorship, please click on the link below and tell us how you would like to help:
EDITED NOVEMBER 25th TO ADD:
The province and the PEI Newcomer's Association have a wonderful new initiative announced today, called The Welcome Project.
The Welcome Project will be a central coordination point for a great deal of volunteering from around the province, and our group will be welcome to draw expertise and help from their group. We will continue to collect offers of clothing and support via the Google Doc above, but we also encourage the broader community to get involved with The Welcome Project so that PEI can mobilize supports for refugees as effectively as possible.
OUR SPONSORSHIP TEAM:
We have applied to sponsor through Canada's Blended Visa-Office Referred Program, which matches refugees identified for resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) with private sponsors in Canada.
Coordinator: Philip Whittaker
Outreach Committee Chair: Don Scott
Social Media Coordinator: Bonnie Stewart
West River United Church
Winsloe United Church
York-Covehead United Church
Central Queens United Church
Saint Paul's Anglican Church
Spring Park United Church
Trinity-Clifton United Church
Citizens in the Community
Such nice people. Such beautiful, bright, fine kids...who will not grow up in a refugee camp. Wherever the world brings them in their lives, I believe they will all contribute to making it a better place.
There will be a social for all ages to welcome the Abdulheys to PEI, Sunday August 7th from 12:30-1:30pm at Saint Paul's church in Charlottetown, on the corner of Prince and Richmond Street. Everyone is welcome...please join us in welcoming this family to our community.
So...this process is a journey. :) We received news that the family of 11 we are welcoming has been delayed by a week, BUT all systems are - to the best of our knowledge - a go for this coming Tuesday, July 26th. The delay has given our hard-working ground crew a little extra time to get organized...and we plan to be at the airport to welcome them!
We even made The Guardian! :) http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2016-07-21/article-4593589/Syrian-familys-arrival-soon-on-P.E.I.-thrills-sponsorship-group/1
WE HAVE A FAMILY COMING!
The night of July 19th, we'll welcome the Abdulhey family to Charlottetown: a father, mother, and 9 children, who range in age from a 16 year old through a wee one born this February. Our understanding is they are coming from a camp in Turkey. They'll be living in the historic Trinity manse in Charlottetown, and there will be a hot meal - from our Syrian friends at Black & White Convenience - waiting for them when they arrive at their new home.
That's all we know for now. We're looking forward to meeting them, welcoming them, and getting to know them.
Heartfelt thanks to all of you for your generosity - and patience - with this process so far. The committee of churches and community members who've led this campaign welcome anyone interested in sorting bedding and kitchen items to the operational meeting at Trinity United - corner of Prince & Richmond streets in Charlottetown - at 7pm tomorrow night. There will be a community event to meet & welcome the family later in the summer.
Stay tuned for news and pictures...and again, thank you for being part of this.
four-and-a-half weeks, 280 donations, seven countries (at least), $25,075. & still open & counting into the new year. :)
a perfect way to celebrate this shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere & the turning back towards light.
thank you, all of you, beyond what i can say.
it will make a difference. we will be updating with news of our families as news emerges, & looking forward to welcoming people to PEI.
today totally made my holidays. a little peace & joy & light in the world to all of you, wherever you are.
A MESSAGE FROM CANADA 4 REFUGEES Join us to create a national voice for Syrian refugee sponsor groups! Citizen sponsorship of refugees produces better results than government sponsorship. Yet the system makes it difficult for citizen groups to sponsor refugees. Delays in processing applications, a lack of transparency, too few resources and an under-funded, disorganized system. Canada 4 Refugees wants to help change that. We have been talking to the federal government about ways to do that. But we need strength in numbers. We are asking citizen sponsor groups like yours to register with us to create a strong voice at the table. Please share this message with any other sponsor groups you know. More details: canada4refugees.org Sign up: canada4refugees.org/register-a-sponsorship-group/ News: www.facebook.com/canada4refugees/ Thank you!