Nest Saskatoon currently is sponsoring 12 families to the city, but it could be years before some of them arrive.
Most refugee families wait between one to six years for their sponsorship application to be processed by the Canadian government.
Two of Nest’s sponsorships involve Eritrean families currently in Khartoum, Sudan where the wait time is 60 months. Another one of Nest’s Eritrean families is in Uganda where the wait time is 61 months, down from 72 months a year ago.
In addition to these three families, Nest is waiting to welcome a family of four from Pakistan who face a four year wait and on-going persecution in Thailand and a Sudanese family of four in Cairo who have a 55 month wait.
Nest also is sponsoring a Pakistani family of five and an Iraqi family of five ( including Wassan and Leen pictured right) who are in Malaysia where the wait time is 44 months, up from 17 months just two months ago.
Nest also is sponsoring two more Syrian families in Lebanon, one Syrian family in Egypt and an Iraqi family in the United Arab Emirates.
Since our formation in 1997, Nest has sponsored refugee families from war-torn Sudan, Afghanistan, Burundi, Eritrea, Liberia, Iraq, Syria and Colombia (including the family of Nibia and Lina on left).