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

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!

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