Refugee Project

Update September 2016
In the last week of August, we finally have received a case number, which tells us, that our sponsorship has been accepted. The family is currently awaiting the invitation to the initial interview.
We have now established direct contact with the family per email. The first contact also brought sad news. The grandfather of the family has passed away in August after a short time of illness.

Update July 2016
In the beginning of June the Refugee-Application of our family finally arrived from Lebanon. This gave us the opportunity to sign the sponsorship-application with the Canadian Refugee Agency as well. All papers were sent in in the beginning of June.
After the papers are filed and our sponsorship is accepted by the Canadian Immigration Office, we will receive a case number. Once the case number is issued, the family will be invited for an interview to the office in Beirut and all other procedures (Background Check, Medical Check etc.) will be performed. We have to be prepared that it will take 9-12 months until the family can arrive in Canada.

Update May 2016
In May 2016 the Armenian Orthodox Church in Richmond selected and presented to us a family to sponsor. Without any doubt we accepted the sponsorship of an extended family of six. The family will include a couple with two children (3 and 8 years old) and the parents of the father of the family. They all originally stem from the Greater Area of Aleppo and will move now into Lebanon. From there they will be able to apply as refugees with the Canadian Refugee Agency.
It became possible to accept the sponsorship of six people after we were blessed with a generous financial support from many different people.

 

The Purpose

Our original goal was to raise 25,000 dollars, in order to sponsor a family of four and participate in the Blended Refugee Sponsorship Program, offered by the government of Canada.

After getting aware of the needs and efforts of St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, Richmond BC, we have decided to become of a co-sponsor in their refugee-relief efforts. We are currently getting everything in place to sponsor a family of four with Armenian heritage. The Armenian community in Syria has been hit very hard by the conflicts due to the fact that they are an ethnic minority as well as a religious minority (Christian orthodox). We feel it is the right thing to do for us, to focus on helping people from a minority, that has been hit by wars and persecution many times throughout the last century.
Due to the changes in our sponsorship efforts, we also need to adjust our fundraising goal to 30,000$.

Please help us to help others.

For more information, please look up:

Canadian Lutheran World Relief: www.clwr.org

Government of Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/

St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, Richmond BC: http://www.stgregorychurch.ca/

How to help

Foremost:
Support our cause by donating money. Only if we reach our goal, we will be able fully support a family for a whole year and help them settling in Canada.

If we exceed our goals: No money will be “wasted”! Either we might look into sponsoring another family or giving the money to an organization that is working to help Syrian Refugees.

Other ways to help:

Once the family arrives:
Help us to find
- affordable housing
- furniture in good condition
- and employment.

Or get involved by helping the family to arrive and settle in Vancouver: taking them to agencies and offices, helping with learning English, helping the children with school, introducing them to the community (pools, community center, library….), showing them around in the city and in recreation facilities, ….
Be creative and use your personal gifts and talents…

About The Organizers

The group consists of people from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Vancouver BC, a women's group from the neighborhood of the church and people of the community who want to help refugees affected by the Syrian crisis.