Things are moving along rapidly for the Sultan Family. They have now been here just over three weeks.
On Friday, January 22, they found an apartment and will be moving into it on February 1. Both boys are now enrolled in school – the younger started on January 18 and the older has to wait until a new semester begins on February 1. Both boys are also enrolled in soccer programs. Husin, the father, was offered a scholarship for beginners ESL at the Stewart College of Languages and started that program on January 25.
Last Sunday we transferred items we had collected at our Thrift Shop to Oak Bay United so they could choose furniture and household necessities.
Our family will be moving into their own apartment on February 1. English classes, school, and soccer are all beginning!
Our efforts to raise money continue because we plan to sponsor a second family as soon as this one has settled in. In the spring there will be a community concert on the theme of “Home” at Oak Bay United Church. All proceeds will go to the Refugee Fund.
Reaching out to potential individual and business donors remains a priority. Besides the most basic necessities, such as housing, food, and clothing, we are responsible for providing language and cultural awareness training, assistance in negotiating our healthcare system, integration into our education system, shopping and banking, transportation practices, and the like.
We are blessed with great volunteers, who are skilled in the medical and education fields, as well as those who have significant experience in helping people from other cultures adapt to our Canadian context.
Please let us know if you’d like to be kept abreast of our progress and the events we have planned.
THEY HAVE ARRIVED! At 11 a.m. on Thursday our Syrian family, a mother, father and two sons aged 10 and 17, arrived at the Victoria Airport. We received the call at 9 a.m. telling us that they would be arriving at 10:30 – 1 ½ hours notice! They were tired but happy to see a welcoming group from the steering committee and the mosque. They are staying with a family in Saanich for the time being and when they are settled we will involve them in finding a suitable place to call home.
– Fran Stocks, Victoria Refugee Initiative