Refugee Sponsorship Program

As Khaled, Raweah and their children Mohammad and Wasan spend their first summer in Victoria, they are wearing big smiles – especially the children. And it’s not only due to the warmer weather and blue skies. It’s because a lot of dental work has been finished and the kids want to show you the results in the pictures below!
More reasons for smiles – Mohammad has now finished his first school year in Canada and Wasan starts kindergarten in the fall. Khaled has been doing well with part-time work in housing construction and food home-delivery services and has now moved to working full time at his trade for a large kitchen and bathroom cabinetry manufacturer. Having finished his ESL studies for the summer, he may return to Camosun College in September to improve his English while continuing to work.
Raweah has signed up for a cashier course at VIRCS and has been studying ESL as well. Her classes close for the summer in July and August so volunteers, Galina and Erin, have stepped in to work with her at home on ESL for two hours each week.
On the recreational side, one of Raweah and the children’s outings with Unitarian members was with Claire at their favourite playground at Crystal Pool where Mohammad proudly sang the ABCs!


New fund raising campaign for second Refugee family  

After considering a number of factors and options, the Refugee Committee recommended, and the Board has approved, that we sponsor a family of three: Khaled’s father, mother and 16 year old brother. Mohammad and Fatemah (the parents) and Abdulrahman fled from Syria at the same time as Khaled and Raweah (2012), and are UN registered refugees currently living in Jordan.

Mohammad owned his own construction business in Syria, specializing in aluminum frame windows. He did contracting in other Middle Eastern countries, and speaks some English. His son is studying English, has trained as a barber and is working evenings to help support the family.

A BBQ picnic on July 14 at FUCV kicked off the new fund-raising campaign which will run until September 15. In the first week over 60% of our $30,000 goal has been pledged by our generous Unitarian communities of FUCV and Capital!  It will be at least a year after our sponsorship submission is filed before the family arrives.

Given the delay in the arrival date, donations on a monthly basis will be welcome as well as lump sums. The pledge form can be accessed by clicking here.

Please contact Kristina Stevens through our general office if you’d like to volunteer and join us in reuniting this refugee family