Syrian refugee family, from left to right, Ziad Zeina, Wafaa Al Safadi, and their 15-month-old Rayan Zeina pose in the garden at their home in Queensland on June 24. (DARREN CALABRESE / The Canadian Press)
As summer is "just around the corner" we would love to help the Zeina family prepare for those wonderful long days filled with light!
We are looking for the following donations:
6 - 8 Lawn chairs ( adult and children)
An outdoor table and umbrella (their home has a lovely deck)
Life preservers /PFDs for the children (ages: 11/7/5/1)
Kids' outdoor summer stuff: a water table, sand box, kiddies pool, wagon, bubble-making equipment.
If you are able to provide any of these items please fill out the Donations form and we’ll contact you shortly.
As you all know, the Zeina family is settling in to our wonderful Hubbards/Tantallon community. Thank you to everyone who has been stepping in to help out in so many areas including teaching ESL, setting up sports programs for the kids and driving.
As we will be supporting the Zeina family for the full year, we would like to invite more volunteers from Hubbards to consider volunteering for child care and family activity outreach (taking family members to different events like Mothers and Tots, Community Centre Activities) etc.
If you have would like to volunteer, even occasionally, in any of these areas, please fill out one of our Volunteer forms as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us, or call Jan at 902-823-1409.
The Bay Chorale invites the community to attend a special concert series to welcome new neighbours from Syria. Songs of Welcome will feature music that reflects the various cultures in Nova Scotia, with themes of welcome, peace and hope for the future. Audiences will be invited to join singers for a post-concert reception to share in conversation and a selection of international foods.
A portion of proceeds will benefit The Bay Refugee Project.
Saturday, April 23, 7:30 PM at St. Luke's United Church, 5374 St. Margaret's Bay Road, Upper Tantallon
Saturday, April 30, 7:30 PM at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 10 Shore Club Road, Hubbards
Tickets $14 adult, $5 children.
Tickets can be purchased in person at Aspotogan Heritage Trust for Hubbards concert, and at St. Luke's United Church (Tuesday-Friday mornings) for the Upper Tantallon concert.
For online inquiries, please visit www.baychorale.org or e-mail email@example.com
We have some great news to report: Our first Syrian refugee family will be here in the coming week! We're sorting out lots of details, and will be contacting all our wonderful volunteers soon to make this happen. Stay tuned to the website and Facebook page for updates.
The family members are:
Father: Ziad Zeina
Mother: Wafaa Al Safadi
Mohammad 11 years old (boy)
Noor 7 years old (girl)
Ahmad 4 years old (boy)
Rayan (10 mths) (boy).
Ziad is a tiler by trade and the whole family are anxious to learn English and start the children in school!
Thank you all for your support so far and in the future. You've helped change the future for one family and four small children.
As we all make our way through this beautifully wintery February, we know a lot of people are invested in the Bay Refugee Project and are happy to share this update.
It has been a "hurry up and wait" month at the Bay Refugee Project! We have submitted the paperwork on the private sponsorship track to support two small families and are hoping to receive news of an arrival date in the near future. In the meantime, we continue to do community outreach and are currently working with ISANS (the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia) to explore ways that the Bay Refugee Project may be able to help with the recent arrival of many government-assisted refugee families in Nova Scotia. We are hopeful that we will have more to report very soon!
The original goal for the Bay Refugee Project was to raise funds to support one or two Syrian families to settle in our community. The Executive Committee of the Project is happy to report that their fundraising efforts have met with remarkable success thanks to all the private, community and business donations received by the group. In fact, as a result of this outpouring of generosity, we may be able to sponsor three families in our area.
See the list on our web site acknowledging the remarkable number of donors to the Project’s fundraising events.
In November, the Project reached its fundraising goal of sponsoring the first family, and began the process of submitting the application for sponsorship with our partner organization, the Catholic Diocese. In December, the group found a perfect home for rent in the Queensland area and outfitted it right down to a pantry filled with stock supplies, in case we received word that a family might arrive on short notice. We also launched a volunteer and donations database on line, which has been invaluable in helping to track the many resources available in our community.
After several weeks of anxiously waiting word about the application, the Project was approached by the Catholic Diocese to possibly consider a case which includes two small families who know each other and who currently live as refugees in Lebanon. They wish to be resettled in Canada, hopefully close to each other. Eager to help them, we have asked our partner to start the settlement process for these families.
Needless to say, the settlement process includes countless complicated steps, many of which are carried out under very challenging conditions in the refugee host country, so the members of the Project are trying to stay patient and positively focused, preparing for the day that the Syrian families arrive.
In the meantime, we continue to update the donation and volunteer database via the Get Involved page on our website.
From Jan Miller, the Chair of the Settlement Committee: “To all our contributors and volunteers, thank you again for your patience and support - we are constantly amazed by the willingness and eagerness of folks to pitch in, and we’re looking forward to working with everyone in the near future, to help welcome our new neighbors!”
Jan reminds us that we must expect ‘quiet’ periods in our activities, followed by ‘full steam ahead’, when our families are cleared for travel. Those who have offered as volunteers will be the first to know what needs to be done and how their offers might be put to action, as settlement details become more clear.
The following list acknowledges the generous contributions made to The Bay Refugee Project's fundraising events.Thanks also goes to the many individual donors who helped make our fundraising drive a success.