Nest family sponsorships

Nest is waiting to welcome 14 refugee families to Saskatoon, including Afghan human rights champion Maria and her two sons, who are now in a safe house outside the country.

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: 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

Speed-up process, groups say

Nest welcomed two refugee families earlier this year: a family of four from Syria and a single parent and her son from Iraq. That was February.  Then the pandemic hit and refugee resettlement stopped. Instead of welcoming 32,000 asylum seekers in 2020, Canada has admitted about 6,000 refugees this year. Now, eight months after the application process was stopped, refugee resettlement to Canada has resumed, albeit … Continue reading Speed-up process, groups say

Refugee settlement “on hold”

Flights have stopped, embassy interviews cancelled and sponsorship applications are on hold as Canada and the world grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic. The crisis has impacted many of Nest’s sponsorships. Here are a few: Continue reading “Refugee settlement “on hold””

New Canadians!

Syrian refugees Akram and Layana love their new country of residence. Since their arrival in Saskatoon in February, they have put together a new wardrobe, just one of many things that has kept them busy during the pandemic. Here they showcase their new shades, hats and t-shirt! Once they learn English, they will be ready to offer fashion advice to Nest supporters. Continue reading New Canadians!

What are they up to?

Newcomer kids in Saskatoon are finding lots to do during the pandemic. Continue reading “What are they up to?”