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!

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.┬áThe crisis has impacted many of Nest’s sponsorships. Here are a few: Continue reading “Refugee settlement “on hold””

What are they up to?

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

Sisters and their families reunited

Two sisters and their families waited more than three years to be reunited in Saskatoon. But the wait finally ended on February 25, when Noor tearfully greeted her sister Sura and and nephew Namer at the airport. Nest sponsored Noor and her son Yazan in 2015 through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) Program. They were Iraqi refugees in Kuwait. Nest applied to … Continue reading Sisters and their families reunited

Nest family sponsorships

Nest is waiting to welcome seven refugee families to the city. Your tax-deductible donations are needed and appreciated, especially now that we’ve had to cancel our Nest Secret Garden Tour due to the pandemic.

Donate on line through Canada Helps or send a cheque payable to Nest Saskatoon to: 1201 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, S7H 2A4.

Here are our current list of Nest sponsorships:
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The Karate Kids

How is it that two refugee families from Colombia and Syria have found a “second home” at Shotokan Karate YXE?

One might expect that soccer would be the sport of choice for children from Syria or Colombia. But for two refugee families living in Saskatoon, it is all about karate.

The kids passion for karate is due in large part to the commitment, passion and generosity of Sensei Brad and his staff at Shotokan Karate YXE.

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Nest receives Global Citizens Award

Four of the original members of Nest received┬áthe 2019 Global Citizen Award at a ceremony in Saskatoon on February 9. The award was presented to Thelma Howard, Faith Rohrbough, Heather Kleiner and Margareth Peterson by the Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation. The annual award recognizes Saskatchewan people who are making outstanding contributions to global co-operation, peace and justice. Thelma, Faith, Heather and Margareth have contributed … Continue reading Nest receives Global Citizens Award

Children offer advice to newcomer

The children at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church put their artistic talents to work and came up with “an illustrated guide” to winter for recent arrival Saw Eh Klu. Saw, a refugee from Myanmar, was sponsored through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referral Program. He arrived in Saskatoon on November 8, after spending the last 10 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. He carried … Continue reading Children offer advice to newcomer