Nest is waiting to welcome more than 10 refugee families to the city. Your donation will help us reach our fundraising goals to support these families during their first year in Saskatoon.
Here is the current list of Nest sponsorships:
A Syrian family of six in Lebanon: The sponsorship application was submitted to Canadian immigration in 2018. In January 2021, Nest learned the family was due to arrive in Saskatoon on February 26, 2021. But a few days before their departure from Lebanon, their flights were postponed due to the Covid-19 virus. It was heartbreaking. Now their flights are re-booked. They will arrive mid-March and quarantine for two weeks, before reuniting with their Saskatoon relatives in their new Saskatoon home. It will be the first Nest refugee family to arrive since February 2020.
A Sudanese family of four in Israel: Nest sponsored this family (pictured here) through the Canadian Lutheran World Relief in 2018. Their friends in Israel and Egypt (with ties to Saskatoon and the Sisters of Sion) are financially supporting this sponsorship. The family still has not been interviewed by the Canadian Visa Office in Israel. The wait continues.
A Syrian family of three in Lebanon: Augustana Lutheran Church and many others raised the funds for this sponsorship, supported by Nest and the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon. The family has relatives in Saskatoon.
A Pakistani family in Thailand. Nest and the Canadian Lutheran World Relief sponsored this family in 2016, but the family’s sponsorship application was rejected in March 2017 by a Canadian visa officer in Singapore. Nest appealed the decision and won the judicial review. A second interview was held by the Canadian Visa Office in Singapore in May 2018. The family was rejected a second time. Nest submitted a new sponsorship application in 2018 through the Canadian Lutheran World Relief. The family is waiting for an interview with Canadian officials.
Iraqi family of six in Turkey. With the help of donations from a group of 22 people in Saskatoon, Nest raised enough funds to sponsor Ghufran, her husband and their four children. The application was submitted in May 2017 through the Canadian Lutheran World Relief. They were interviewed by the Canadian Visa Office in Turkey in early 2020 and were waiting for their flight to Canada, but then the pandemic hit.
A Sudanese family of four in Egypt. Nest submitted the sponsorship application in 2019. The family has relatives in Saskatoon.
An Iraqi refugee mother in Turkey and an Eritrean refugee father in Sudan are waiting to be reunited with their family in Saskatoon. Both sponsorships were submitted in 2019.
Palestinian refugee in Turkey: Nest sponsored this single, Palestinian refugee in Turkey in September 2020. Check out the link to the Facebook page for Ahmed.
A Sudanese family of five in Egypt and Uganda. Nest submitted the application through the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon in December 2020. Friends in Egypt and Saskatoon with ties to the Sisterhood of Sion are financially supporting this sponsorship! The parents and eldest son live in Egypt, while the two teenagers attend a boarding school in Uganda. They will be reunited in Canada.
Two Eritrean families in Ethiopia: These families are headed by single parent women. Nest submitted the sponsorship application through the Canadian Lutheran World Relief in December 2020. One of the families is living in the Hitsats Refugee Camp in Ethiopia, the scene of recent fighting.