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:
A Sudanese family of four in Egypt. On November 30, 2021, the family received their flights to Saskatoon. They were due to arrive on December 21. But within a week, their flights were cancelled due to the Canadian government’s ban on travel from Egypt. The ban is now lifted and we are hopeful new flights will be booked quickly. Nest submitted the family’s sponsorship application in 2019. They were interviewed in May 2021 and approved to come to Canada. The family’s sister Nawal lives in Saskatoon. (Pictured here: Nawal with her brother, sister and sister’s daughter.)
Afghan women’s rights activists: Nest is sponsoring a group of women activists, who are now refugees due to the Taliban takeover in mid-August. Afghan human rights champion Maria and her two adult sons were interviewed by Canadian officials on November 5 and completed their exit interviews on December 20. They are waiting for their flights to Saskatoon. We submitted the refugee sponsorship applications for Afghan women activists Abeda and Zainab on December 19, who are on the “fast-track” to Canada. And we are working on the sponsorship application for Afghan journalist Maryam and her family. We hope to have the application to the Canadian government in April. Thanks to everyone who sent donations to make these sponsorships happen!
A Sudanese family of four in Israel: Nest sponsored this family 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. They were interviewed in October 2021.
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 was interviewed on November 2, 2021 and this time they were were approved to come to Canada!
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.
A Palestinian family of four in Malaysia. Mohammed and his wife are originally from Gaza. They have been working on their university degrees in Malaysia. They have three children. Nest submitted their refugee sponsorship in May 2021 through the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.
An Iraqi woman and her mother: A group of 40 people contributed to the sponsorship of Aisha and her mother, Iraqi refugees in Malaysia. The money was raised in just over a month! Thanks to everyone who donated! The application was submitted through the Canadian Lutheran World Relief in May.
A Sudanese family of six in Saudi Arabia: Nest submitted the sponsorship application for Wafaa Idress and her family in November, with the assistance of the Canadian Lutheran World Relief. Wafaa has relatives in Saskatoon.