Shout-out to the Shapiro Foundation

Nest extends its appreciation to the Shapiro Foundation and the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub for spearheading a new fund to support the settlement of 1,000 UNHCR refugees to Canada in 2018. Nest was able to submit two more sponsorship applications this month with the support of this fund: One is for an Eritrean woman with six children and the second is for a single … Continue reading Shout-out to the Shapiro Foundation

Ready for Halloween

They only arrived in Saskatoon last month. But the Al Salloum family are ready for Halloween.  Superman, Spiderman and Ninja are originally from Syria. When they are not fighting crime, the trio go to Lester B. Pearson school. The three boys, along with their mother and two other siblings, arrived in the city on September 18 to an emotional reunion with their relatives in the … Continue reading Ready for Halloween

Newcomers enjoy car show

The Saskatoon Show and Shine weekend in mid-August attracted a huge crowd, including a Nest refugee family who had just arrived in the city August 9. Samer, his wife Marwah and their two children enjoyed the afternoon, admiring the cars in the city’s downtown. Originally from Iraq, Samer and his family were refugees in Jordan. Samer has his PhD in computer science, specializing in cyber … Continue reading Newcomers enjoy car show

Syrian family’s arrival delayed

Nest expected to welcome a Syrian single parent with five children on August 9. But less than 24 hours before their departure from Beirut, the family’s flight was cancelled due to problems obtaining an exit permit in Lebanon. The last minute cancellation was heart-breaking. Wisal and her children (pictured here) have waited two years to come to Saskatoon. Nest and the Canadian Lutheran World Relief … Continue reading Syrian family’s arrival delayed

New arrivals!

Visitors to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market will know Ebtsam Elsheikh, the vendor with “the million watt smile.” Nest worked with Ebtsam, who also is a member of the group, to bring four of her relatives who were Sudanese refugees in Cairo. After a 27 month wait, her sister Saphia, her two nieces Safaa and Alaa and her nephew Abdulhai arrived in Saskatoon in March! A … Continue reading New arrivals!

Have you seen “The List?”

A Turkish visual artist has devoted the last 16 years of her life to publicizing the List. The List holds the names of people who died trying to start a new life in Europe. It is maintained by a network of NGOs supporting migrants and refugees. When Banu Cennetoğlu first saw the List in 2002 on the United for Intercultural Action website, it consisted of … Continue reading Have you seen “The List?”

Canada urged to scale-up protection for refugees from Central America

The Canadian government must address the humanitarian crisis in Central America by providing more protection and asylum for refugees fleeing the violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. That’s the message contained in a report by  Doctors Without Borders released earlier this year, which found the rates of murder, kidnapping and sexual violence in these countries (known as the Northern Triangle of Central America NTCA) … Continue reading Canada urged to scale-up protection for refugees from Central America

Iraqi family arrives in time for snow

A Nest family from Iraq, who arrived in the city on April 12 after an exhausting plane trip, experienced the thrill of snow for the first time a few days later. Outfitted with donated coats and mitts, the two little girls and their mother stepped outside their apartment yesterday morning and showed their delight. Continue reading Iraqi family arrives in time for snow

Here at last!

After waiting eight years to be reunited with her brother in Canada, Kdsti and her family arrived in Saskatoon on August 23, 2016. Kdsti, her husband Gebrhiwet, their daughter Hermela, and Kdsti’s brother  Adhansom, arrived exhausted but happy. The family, originally from Eritrea,  lived in Sudan while they waited for approval of their immigration application. Pictured above are: Haileab with his sister Kdsti, their brother Adhansom, … Continue reading Here at last!

After eight years, the wait is nearly over

December 5, 2008. That’s the date Kdsti Kflit applied to come to Saskatchewan to join her brother Haileab. A refugee from Eritrea, she fled her homeland to escape military service and jail. Now, the wait is nearly over. Kdsti’s original sponsor was a church in Regina. But in March 2011, the church cancelled the sponsorship. That’s when Nest members learned about Haileab and Kdsti. With the help of … Continue reading After eight years, the wait is nearly over