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Map of Syria (CIA map of Syria - public domain) Approximately 4 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and their country since the onset of the civil war in Syria on March 15, 2011. Many Syrians have crossed the surrounding borders into Lebanon, Jordon, Iraq and Turkey, as well as making the dangerous journey to Greece on small crowded inflatable boats. Thousands of Syrian refugees have also made their way to both eastern and western European countries.

Some Syrian refugees have resettled in Canada. In the fall of 2015, the newly-elected federal government pledged to help resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. Of these 25,000 Syrian refugees, 10,000 arrived in Canada in late 2015. The remaining 15,000 arrived in early 2016. In December 2015, the Government of Canada pledged to help resettle up to 50,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.

What is Refugee Aid Canada?

Syrian Refugee Children (public domain) On November 23, 2015, a group of concerned citizens from the Ottawa area attended a refugee sponsorship information session in Kanata, hosted by Refugee 613. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with other like-minded individuals who might be interested in sponsoring a refugee family or individual. During this meeting, several attendees exchanged e-mails and began sharing information regarding refugee sponsorship. Some members of this initial group attended a second information session/workshop hosted by Refugee 613 and the group held its inaugural meeting on December 7, 2015.

Refugee Aid Canada - Objectives

Refugee Aid Canada started as the Kanata/Stittsville response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The group has formed a core group of sponsors who have personally donated funds, gathered charitable donations, and organised fundraising events.

Syrian refugees (public domain) One of the goals of Refugee Aid Canada is to sponsor a selected Syrian refugee family, a young couple with four children. They are currently residing in Lebanon.

We have also have been matched with a refugee family of four, a couple and their two daughters, through the BVOR program. We are happy to report that this family arrived in Canada on January 4th, 2017! See the latest update here for more information about this.

Refugee Aid Canada is working with a Sponsorship Agreement Holder, namely the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

Help us to raise funds to fulfill these two goals Donate to Refugee Aid Canada.

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