Refugee group seeks help for Syrian family

The family is expected to arrive within the next 18 months

A refugee support group is asking Victoria and Esquimalt residents to consider a different kind of gift giving this Christmas.

The Victoria Refugee Sponsorship Group is working to raise funds to sponsor a Syrian refugee family’s first Christmas in the Capital.

The group is running an online crowd-funding campaign where donors “buy” an item the family will need in their first year. Donors receive a certificate with details of their donation that they can give a friend or family member for the holidays.

Donations will go directly to the mother, father and three young children to cover their costs as they settle in Victoria,

The family has been sheltering in Turkey since August 2013, when they fled their home in Syria to escape escalating conflict.

The family is expected to arrive within the next 18 months, and funds for their first year in Canada must be raised by then. The estimated living expenses for a family of five in Victoria is $38,000.

For more information, please go online to faezagroup.com.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Saanich council seeks more information after hearing Uptown-Douglas plan

Council asks for further reports on economic, housing, transportation plans for corridor

Three active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Since July 24, Central island has had five new cases, North one, South none

Victoria police seize replica handgun and bullets

Unrelated call leads police to functional replica

Flaming object thrown through Victoria restaurant window

Police looking for any witnesses to early-morning incident

Man arrested after stabbing incident at makeshift camp near Vancouver Island mall

RCMP in Parksville report 28-year-old man taken into custody without incident

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Most Read