Syrian Refugees in London: A Little Positive News

Things have been moving very slowly in terms of processing refugee applications. And the news about numbers from the Federal Government is looking bleak.

In light of that, I thought some positive news would be a welcome change.

London’s Byron United Church has been a leader in bringing over families from the crisis in and around Syria. In particular, they have shared tips and training with numerous other groups. In addition, they have sponsored several extended families. Don Scanlon recently sent me a heartwarming update about two of them.

Family “O”, as I’ll call them, has four children. One is at Fanshawe, two are in high school. The youngest is polishing up his English. Both parents are already working, one full-time at a bakery. ¬†Family “A” has three children faring very well in public school, the father has secured a well-paying job with benefits, and the family’s special needs child is getting excellent medical care.

In sum, Don reports that “everyone is genuinely happy to be here in London”.

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Long Term Housing Required for Syrian Family of Five

A newly arrived Syrian refugee family is in need of long term housing.

There is a husband and wife and three children: a 13 year old boy who speaks a little English, a 11 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. The father is a dentist with very good English. This nuclear family has relatives here already, established in the community, so they have a good support network.

Right now all five are staying in a basement apartment made available by generous donors from Western Ontario Friends of Refugees. Though grateful and gracious, what the family require is something larger and more long term.

In particular, they are looking for a 3 bedroom townhouse with gas heat (to keep it affordable). And the parents are anxious that the children will attend a good school.

Please get in touch with me or Willa McDiarmid willmcdiarmid@gmail.com if you have any leads.