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

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!

Reuniting families in Saskatoon

Reuniting families is a growing part of Nest’s refugee work. Of the 10 refugee sponsorships we have underway, seven have relatives or friends waiting for them in Saskatoon. The families are from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and Sudan. The Al Jneid family is one of them. They left behind relatives when they came to Saskatoon in February 2016 as government-sponsored Syrian refugees. Hicham and his family along with his sister Wisal … Continue reading Reuniting families in Saskatoon

Changes needed to income support programs

Nest wants the Saskatchewan government to change its low-income support programs so all refugees are treated equally. Saskatchewan’s current policy discriminates against refugee families who are privately sponsored. Here is how. Continue reading “Changes needed to income support programs”

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

The long, long wait to immigrate

Nest Saskatoon currently is sponsoring 12 families to the city, but it could be years before some of them arrive. Most refugee families wait between one to six years for their sponsorship application to be processed by the Canadian government. Two of Nest’s sponsorships involve Eritrean families currently in Khartoum, Sudan where the wait time is 60 months. Another one of Nest’s Eritrean families is in Uganda where the … Continue reading The long, long wait to immigrate

Open Letter to Premier Wall

November 17, 2015 Dear Premier Wall and Opposition Leader Cam Broten: At a time when an estimated 60 million people are displaced, the world needs leaders who are inspired by our common humanity rather than our heightened insecurity. We are looking for that type of leadership now in Saskatchewan. For nearly 20 years, our volunteer group Nest has helped refugee families start a new life … Continue reading Open Letter to Premier Wall