We are sponsoring a family of four from Syria. The family is currently living in Lebanon and we are hoping they will be reunited with family here in Ottawa within the next few months. Feras and Fayzeh are married and have 2 children. Their son Nour is turning 13 years old this year and their daughter Souad is 10 years old.
Since 2012 their family has been forced to move several times due to a robbery, bombing and harassment from military officials. The neighbourhood they had been living in prior to the conflict has been destroyed. They have no home to go back to in Syria. In the fall of 2015 the family made their way to Lebanon where they are staying with friends of family members. Feras and Fayzeh rely on money from their family in Canada to survive. Nour and Souad cannot go to school, none of the family has access to health care and Feras is unable to work as they to do not have status in Lebanon.
We have paired with another group out of Little Italy who are sponsoring Feras’ sister and her children. We are trying to bring both families over together so that they can be reunited with another sister and niece living here in Ottawa. Our paper work was fully submitted to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada in the second week of February. Barring any complications with the application process, we can expect both families to arrive in as little as 2 months.
There is a third sibling in Lebanon who is being paired with another local group and we hope that their paperwork will be processed soon and that we will have all three families here in Canada before the summer.
Any support you wish to offer will be greatly appreciated.
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