All displaced people have gone though hardships most of us can never understand. Refugees are vulnerable people and those working with them need to be screened and trained in order to be effective sponsors.
Any sponsorship group in Canada is required to work through a Government recognized agency. Our group is now working directly with the United Church head office. They work closely with groups of refugee sponsors to assess, develop, monitor and support refugees during their sponsorship.
Steps we followed to get organized:
- We have officially formed a sponsoring group, and designated a main contact and filled out the Refugee Sponsor Form.
- Each member of the group has obtained a police check. The main contact of the group has forwarded them on to the recognized agency.
- We have requested a family through the United Church sponsorship program
The results . . .
We have received the names of a family from Syria, here is some of The information that we have is that Hassan, Berivan, and their little girl, Pella are Syrians now living in Iraq. Hassan found the United Church contact information on the internet and sent the request through that way. He has a Language and Literature degree and his work experience is Surface-Well Testing as a Field Specialist. Both of them have Kurdish as their mother tongue. They also speak Arabic and English.