After long waits and little movement, we are starting to see progress on the refugee sponsorship front! Nest is waiting to welcome many refugee families to Saskatoon. But two families recently arrived: A Sudanese family in Egypt with relatives in Saskatoon arrived in March (pictured here) and our Afghan human rights champion Maria and her two adult sons arrived in May. Maria’s family was the first privately sponsored Afghan refugee family to arrive in the city, after an eight month wait. And there is progress on other Nest family sponsorships too: Continue reading “Nest family sponsorships”
Two sisters and their families waited more than three years to be reunited in Saskatoon. But the wait finally ended on February 25, when Noor tearfully greeted her sister Sura and and nephew Namer at the airport. Nest sponsored Noor and her son Yazan in 2015 through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) Program. They were Iraqi refugees in Kuwait. Nest applied to … Continue reading Sisters and their families reunited
How is it that two refugee families from Colombia and Syria have found a “second home” at Shotokan Karate YXE?
One might expect that soccer would be the sport of choice for children from Syria or Colombia. But for two refugee families living in Saskatoon, it is all about karate.
The kids passion for karate is due in large part to the commitment, passion and generosity of Sensei Brad and his staff at Shotokan Karate YXE.
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!