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Be Part of Giving Tuesday, December 1!

Save the date! Be part of the Giving Tuesday movement on December 1, 2020. After Black Friday (a day dedicated to consumerism), join the movement dedicated to giving – Giving Tuesday. Unlock the power of giving in your community. On Tuesday, December 1, give a donation to Nest Saskatoon and help us bring more refugee families to safety. Your donation will support Nest’s fundraising efforts … Continue reading Be Part of Giving Tuesday, December 1!

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 to Canada 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 … 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!

Nest Secret Garden Tour cancelled

Sadly, our Nest Secret Garden Tour is cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Next year’s tour will take place July 25, 2021. If you can afford a donation to Nest, this would be a great time to help us out. Our Nest Secret Garden Tour is our major fundraising event. We still need your donations to support the refugee families coming to Saskatoon. We … Continue reading Nest Secret Garden Tour cancelled

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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