List of Families Requiring Sponsors


I have compiled a list of thirteen families still looking for sponsors. If you can help to sponsor one of these, please get in touch and I will connect you with the relevant local family member. Also, please encourage your friends and associates to consider forming a group!

1) Kurdish family, parents and three children, originally from Iraq. Presently in Greece. [A family member has collected sufficient funds, but needs a sponsoring group.]

2) Parents and baby, from Syria, presently in Turkey. [A local family member has collected about half the necessary funds. About $8000 would still need to be raised.]

3) Syrian family, parents and three teenage children, now in Jordan.

4) Syrian family, parents and three year old daughter, presently in Turkey. Already registered as UN refugees.

5) Mother and father, both professionals in their thirties, and three young children. The eldest, a boy of 9, has special medical needs. All are Syrians, and are presently located in Lebanon. [A local family members has collected some funds already.]

6) Mother and father, the gentleman being a real estate agent, with five children between the ages of eight and twelve. Relatives of family #5, they too are all Syrians, and are presently located in Lebanon as well.

7) Single mother with two daughters aged six and eight. Father has been missing for three years. I am unsure where this family is originally from or where they are located at this point.

8) Mother and father and their five daughters. All are Syrians, all are presently in Turkey.

9) Mother and her six children, two minors and four adults. All are Yezidis from Iraq who are now in Turkey. All have official UN registration.

10) A young couple and their two children, presently in Turkey. I do not know where they are originally from, nor the ages of the children.

11) Eight Yezidis from Iraq, presently in a camp in Turkey. Grandmother, mother and six children between 15 and 26.

12) Mother and father and three older children, all originally from Syria. They are presently in Turkey.

13) Single mother from Syria with four small children. One is very ill. All are presently in Turkey.


Iraqi Family of Eight needs a Sponsor

I have been made aware of a family of eight, currently in a refugee camp in Turkey, which requires a sponsor. Here’s a recent photo:


They have friends here in London who can help with settlement, but these friends do not have the necessary funds. So a sponsoring group would need to help with financing.

The family consists of a widow in her 50s, her six children between the ages of 15 and 26, and the grandmother.

If you can help out, please contact Khaled Abdallah directly at <> or drop me a line.

I received an email from Hana Moussa of the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre. She writes about another young man needing assistance:

A newcomer Syrian family is looking for a sponsor for their 24 year old son who is currently a refugee claimant in Germany. Their son had originally intended to settle in Germany with hopes that he can find a safe place to stay for himself and his family… The son is still very dependent on his parents for support and likewise his parents are dependent on him for support in the household because of his sibling’s difficulties.

After he left [for Germany], his parents sold all of their valuable possessions and sent the money to him because he has not been able to support himself financially. A short time after, the entire family was informed about the opportunity to come to Canada. They had no choice but to come with hopes that one day their son will follow them here.

His parents are depressed and unable to sleep at night because they are constantly worrying about him. They are having immense difficulties providing care for their children who [are already here in London and] have a high need for attention and care. The family is having a very hard time so far and cannot cope without his presence because they rely heavily on him for assistance.

His separation from the family has caused a lot of stress for his siblings because they are very attached to him and miss him dearly.

Call for Sponsoring Group

Michael Loebach, an immigration lawyer here in London who has been exceedingly helpful and generous with his time during this crisis, has passed along a request for help.

A Syrian woman, already here in London with her aunts and sisters, wants to bring over her two sons. They are 11 and 20. The older son has a serious injury from a bomb. (Another sibling died in a bombing two months ago.)

The children are presently with their father, the ex-husband, in a camp in Turkey. It is hoped that the ex-husband could also be sponsored – both for his own safety, and so that he can continue to help raise the boys.

Given the very limited number of spots allocated to London’s Sponsorship Agreement Holders, a sponsoring group would need to apply via the Group of Five route. However, with Mr. Loebach’s kind assistance, we are setting up a little “task force” that will help with the paperwork.

Meeting: Sharing Stories, Raising Funds

Please join us for an evening of sharing stories and exchanging insights.

Monday, February 29th at 6 p.m. at Central High, at the corner of Waterloo and Dufferin. (Kindly hosted by the Social Justice Club at Central High School.)

We will have brief chats by:

  • a refugee recently arrived from the crisis in Syria;
  • a group which has successfully sponsored refugees;
  • a Londoner who is trying to bring family here;
  • a group which is still working on their sponsorship application.

In addition to sharing our experiences, the meeting will also focus on strategies for fund raising.

Further to the Syrian Family Links Initiative…

To those looking to sponsor a refugee family, and to those who have family overseas and need help sponsoring them, please consider registering at this site:

They are trying to do in a more formal, organized, way what some of us have been doing ad hoc here in London.

Another Family Arriving Soon

A couple of months ago, I wrote here about a group called Artemis, a group of seven London-area women who got together to do a sponsorship. My contact, Anne Marie Madziak, writes to say that they have finally been matched, by the Blend Visa Office Referred program, with a family of six.

As luck would have it, it’s a family with four sons! As Anne Marie says, “It will be quite the adventure — for all concerned”.The father and mother are in their forties, the sons are 20, 15, 13 and 6.

The Artemis group is expecting their family by the end of this month.

A word of thanks is due to the Mennonite Central Committee, which, as the Sponsorship Agreement Holder, steered the process along so successfully.

Western Student Needs Assistance

Mr. Mohammed Alhadid, a doctoral student at Western, has been in touch about bringing his sister’s family over to London. She is Syrian, and is married with a three year old daughter.

Their refugee application has already been accepted, but we need to raise about $13000 to bring them here. And he needs assistance with drafting the proper paperwork.

Mr. Alhadid has already arranged for the Anglican Diocese of Huron to serve as the Sponsorship Agreement Holder.

You may either contact him directly at <> or get in touch with me.

Looking for a Group to Sponsor Two Families

I have been in touch with Mr Hussin Alhaj who resides here in London with his nuclear family. He is trying to bring over his nephew, Faisal, and the nephew’s wife and three children ages 9, 6 and 1. The nephew was an English teacher in Syria, but they all had to flee to Lebanon a year and a half ago. The 9 year-old son has special needs, so life as a refugee is especially hard.

Mr Alhaj also hopes to bring his brother Majd over. Majd worked in real estate in Syria, but he too fled with his family: wife Randa, four daughters (ages 16, 12, 11 and 8) and a son (age 9).

You may reach Mr Alhaj by email at <>.