Nest provides asylum to women activists

An Afghan women’s activist who worked for the UN, Oxfam, UNESCO and other international organizations for the last 20 years is now a refugee, seeking asylum in Canada.  Maria and her two adult sons fled Afghanistan in late August.  In a letter to the Canadian government, Maria said she was in urgent need of support. “I am particularly at risk as a single Afghan woman … Continue reading Nest provides asylum to women activists

Shout-out to Glam Bar and The Little Market Box!

The owners of Glam Bar Hair and Esthetic Studio and The Little Market Box in Saskatoon are stepping up to support Nest’s fundraising drive to bring two young Afghan refugee women to the city. Jade Good and Lisa Evans, owners of the Glam Bar Hair and Esthetic Studio, are donating $500 towards Abeda and Zainab’s sponsorship, saying Nest is their Christmas charity. Whoo hoo! This … Continue reading Shout-out to Glam Bar and The Little Market Box!

Petition urges Afghan action

A group called is calling on the Canadian government to change two key requirements of the immigration and refugee program to address the Afghan crisis and allow more Afghans to get to Canada. In a petition to the Canadian government, the group says the government must remove the language assessment requirement for skilled Afghan workers. “The requirement for English proficiency and biometrics for Skilled … Continue reading Petition urges Afghan action

Afghan crisis: More questions than answers

In response to the Afghan crisis, the Canadian government promised to settle up to 40,000 Afghan refugees. It also committed to fast-track Afghan asylum requests, stating it would give priority to women leaders, human rights advocates, persecuted religious minorities and others. But months later, there are still no details about the Canadian government’s Afghan resettlement plan or the expedited process. How will Afghan refugees be … Continue reading Afghan crisis: More questions than answers

Nest family sponsorships

Nest is waiting to welcome 14 refugee families to Saskatoon, including Afghan human rights champion Maria and her two sons, Afghan women Abeda and Zainab who are fleeing the Taliban, and Sudanese activist Wafaa Idress, her husband and four children.

Here is the current list of Nest sponsorships: Continue reading “Nest family sponsorships”

The Nest Mother’s Day Lunch

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and donated to our Nest Mother’s Day Lunch. We sold 110 tickets to the lunch and generated more than $5,400 in tickets sales and donations! A special thank you to head chefs Mary Uzelman (cutting vegetables) Lois Wakeman (pictured in red apron), along with Eleanor Kennedy (brown apron) and Rick Wakeman! Thanks as well to Gayle Nemeth, Ebtsam and … Continue reading The Nest Mother’s Day Lunch

Third attempt: Lift-off!

It took three attempts, but a Syrian refugee family in Lebanon finally arrived in Saskatoon on April 12. The family is now in quarantine for two weeks.  Mohamad, his wife Rasha and their four children were contacted in January by the International Office of Migration (IOM) and told they would travel to Canada in February. They were overjoyed. It was news they had waited years … Continue reading Third attempt: Lift-off!

Which countries stand tallest?

When it comes to hosting refugees, Lebanon stands the tallest. This assessment is based on a report by the Norwegian Refugee Council. The council looked at which countries hosted the most refugees (per capita) between 2010 to 2019. As the Council notes, most of the countries on the top ten list have done so despite facing enormous challenges of their own, including civil wars, Ebola … Continue reading Which countries stand tallest?

Nest cooks!

Thanks to everyone who supported our Nest Equinox Supper on March 20, the first day of spring!  Tickets to the supper, which featured cuisine from the Middle East and North Africa, sold out in 8 days.  A special thanks to the six Nest chefs who created the wonderful meal: Noor Obada, her sister Sura Abdulrazzaq and Marwah Almufti (pictured wrapping grape leaves)   Along with … Continue reading Nest cooks!

Ottawa picks up the tab for quarantine

Nest and other refugee settlement groups heaved a sigh of relief this week when Ottawa announced it will cover the cost of mandatory hotel quarantine and Covid tests for arriving refugees.  The mandatory quarantine rules, which went into effect February 22, require people flying into Canada to quarantine in an authorized hotel for three nights, while they await negative test results for Covid 19. Originally, … Continue reading Ottawa picks up the tab for quarantine