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.
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Elaine, Nancy, David and Louise prepare to welcome Saw Continue reading Nesters welcome new arrival
Nest submitted two more refugee sponsorships this month with the support of a special fund established by the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub and the Shapiro Foundation. One sponsorship is to bring an Eritrean refugee woman with six kids and the second is for a refugee man from Myanmar who has friends in Saskatoon. Both sponsorships are through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referral … Continue reading Look who is coming:
Nest is expecting to greet three more families before the end of the year. They are: Saleem and Shakeela and family: This family of five from Pakistan fled to Malaysia in 2011 to escape religious persecution. They applied for asylum in Malaysia, but like the majority of Pakistani Christians, they were denied refugee protection by the UNHCR. Nest offered to sponsor the family in 2016. They … Continue reading Three more families on their way!
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 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 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!