Today we launch our fundraising initiative to sponsor a Syrian refugee family in partnership with Givins-Shaw and First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Once we are matched with a family, they will provide mentorship to our volunteer team. We will identify a family here with relatives who are Syrian refugees. This process takes approximately 6-9 months.
If you would like to participate in our school initiative, please go to our campaign page 1000schools.ca/OOOPS.
We are going to be holding a popcorn sale on Tuesday November 24 to involve the children in the fundraising effort. All bags will be $2. As well Dewson is working on an educational component to be shared with teachers and parents.
Here are two videos of Angelina Jolie-Pitt visiting Syrian children in a refugee camp in Lebanon, in 2014 and then one year later.
We had a great response to our survey, with 87% of respondents supporting refugee sponsorship! We have joined the 1000 Schools Challenge initiated by Dewson Street Jr. Public School, alongside The Grove, Givens-Shaw, Palmerston, Montrose/Clinton/Delta group, and John Fisher (the list grows weekly), and are keeping in close touch with them to share resources and information. Dewson has created an excellent website that offers a comprehensive guide to the process and answers many questions. Lifeline Syria is also a great resource.
We are in the process of choosing an SAH (Sponsorship Agreement Holder) to partner with and will then begin fundraising.
The good news is that the application process for Syrians is now being fast-tracked and applications submitted now are being processed by the end of the year, with families arriving within the first two months of 2016.
If you’d like to share some videos with your children, I’ve included two below.
I’ll continue to post updates here as we move forward.