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?”

In memory of Christine and Adele

  Nest Saskatoon gratefully acknowledges donations in memory of Christine and Adele Smillie. Christine along with John Kleiner were two of the founders of Nest. Adele (Christine’s mother) also was active in Nest. Christine died on June 1.  Adele died in April. Nest sincerely thanks the following people who made donations in memory of Adele and Christine: Nancy Allan, Devon Anderson and Phil Johnson, Barb … Continue reading In memory of Christine and Adele

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

Nest Supper and Silent Auction sold out!

Our Nest Supper and Silent Auction on March 10 is sold out!  Those who have tickets will enjoy wonderful Middle Eastern cuisine prepared by head chefs and Nest members Noor Obada and Ebtsam Elsheikh. The event, a fundraiser for Nest, takes place at St. George’s Anglican Church Hall,  624 Avenue I South. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Supper at 6:15 p.m. If you missed getting … Continue reading Nest Supper and Silent Auction sold out!

Help bring these refugees!

Nest is fundraising to bring four more refugee families to the city, including Musa and Rabia along with their newborn daughter (pictured). The couple are refugees from Darfur, Sudan. Other families we want to sponsor include a Pakistani Christian family of four in Thailand, a Syrian family of six in Lebanon and a Syrian family of four in Lebanon. We plan to sponsor these families … Continue reading Help bring these refugees!

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”