What will happen to the Syrian refugees? Which countries will take them in? The plight of the Syrian refugees has been all over the news recently. About 9 million Syrians had to flee their homes in Syria because of the civil war. They have relocated in camps in other parts of the Middle East and they have been moving by foot to Europe to find refuge
How Canadians can help the Syrian refugees
How do we help the Syrian refugees? According to CTV news, our prime minister, Justin Trudeau has pledged to take in 25,000 thousand refugees by Feb. 2016. The reaction of Canadians are divided as would be expected. There are not many people who can afford to sponsor a Syrian Family. It would cost in the thousands of dollar to sponsor a family.
What are the options available for sponsoring Syrian refugees in Canada? The first wave of refugees will be housed at Canadian military bases across the country. After that, different organizations are preparing to take in the Syrian refugees.
There are some immigration services which will accommodate the newcomers. Hugh Brewster, spokesperson for World Vision Canada, states that every community has this service. These organizations been doing this service for all the newcomers to Canada. These organizations help immigrants and refugees to settle in.
How you can we do our part?
Even though we may not be able to fully sponsor a family we can help in other ways. We can volunteer our services to these immigration agencies. These immigration organization are looking for volunteers to organize welcoming events. They will be looking for people to help out with getting the refugees settled in Canada.
What the Syrian refugees will need
Here is just a few possible needs for the newcomers. The refugees will need help with paperwork, locating housing, rides to various places and getting familiar with the neighborhood. They will need help learning the local customs.
Canadians can donate clothing, toys, and books. There are women’s knitting circles which are going to knit hats and scarves to prepare the Syrian refugees for Canada’s harsh winters. These Syrian refugees will also need household appliances, household supplies and furniture. Any donation is not too big or too small.
Other ways of helping
Some of our churches and synagogues will be raising money to sponsor families. Brewster, also suggests that people who speak the arabic language help the new arrivals with their english or french where needed. Interested individuals can set up a cafe where conversation in the new languages are promoted.
We cannot forget the children, they will possibly need help with homework as they are settling into a new country with a new education system.
According to CTV news, making a monetary donation is always needed. “The federal government has created the Syria Emergency Relief Fund, so that for every dollar donated to registered Canadian charities that are accepting donations earmarked for the Syria crisis, the government will set aside one dollar in the fund.” There are also Canadian organizations which offer help to Syrians still oversees. Click here for a list.
One can even help by spreading the word about the need for help. The more Canadians get involved, the easier the transition period, for the Syrian refugees will be.