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Since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, 11 million Syrians have been displaced, or about half of the entire country. Four million of them have fled across Syria’s borders, and 75% are women and children.

Canada banned Italian immigration in 1929, Jewish immigration in 1933. Neither group was admitted again for the next 15 years. The painful memory of that failure prompted us to accept Hungarian refugees in the 1950s and 50,000 Vietnamese refugees in 1979.

It is possible to resettle large numbers of people in this country.

Refugee Children

So far Canada has managed to admit around 25,000 people from Syria and will accept many more. The government will sponsor 40 for every 60 privately sponsored.

PEC Syria is sponsoring a Syrian Refugee family through the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge.   ryerson.ca/lifelinesyria

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Today we welcome a new family to our neighbourhood. Welcome Khaled, Kawther, Faoud, Ahmed, and Aiya. It was a long journey and we are glad you have arrived safe and sound. They were welcomed at the airport by many volunteers and family. ...

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The gift is in the giving:

In the last two years over 150 people have volunteered with PEC Syria. They have worked on short term tasks, specific one time needs, driven folks around, tutored in ESL, helped integrate the kids into the community, shared pot after pot of tea and rejoiced in this new extended family we have created.

It is time to rejuvenate the volunteer team for the coming year. We are looking for volunteers in the Wellington area (or those willing to travel to Wellington). In particular we are in need of English tutors and those who can assist with the children as Adnan and Suhalia dedicate themselves to building their new business.

This is what Ian Crearar recently wrote about working with this family:
Do you know what brings me joy? I will tell you. I have just returned from my friend Adnan Mustafa house. To see this beautiful family thriving in Canada, building a business , and enjoying the fruits of their hard work. The children are excited for the new school year and Suhalia is working on getting her license. This brings me joy.

If you can help, send me an email at pecsyriaorg@gmail.com. Any time you can give will be greatly appreciated and truly rewarding.
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Syrian FamiliesThe Al Jasem family enjoying the ‘spring’ County weather. The father of the family, Abdel Malek who is pictured here with other family members, sends this brief message on behalf of all their families:

“We would like to thank all of the people who have helped our family. We are happy to be here and look forward to getting to know the community. The children are very excited to go to school.”