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 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 Sattouf family is one of them. The family of eight arrived in Saskatoon in February 2016 as part of the Canadian government’s program to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. A few months … Continue reading Reuniting families in Saskatoon
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”
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
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
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