Good News about Afghani Refugees

Ziba, Aziz and their four children escaped a dangerous situation in Afghanistan several years ago and settled in Turkey while they awaited a sponsor to bring them to Canada. Thanks to a relative in Mississauga they were linked to Maple Grove United Church’s sponsorship group and after a long process arrived here in Canada at the end of September.

The family has settled in Halton and was overjoyed to be reunited with some of their brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins that were previously sponsored by Maple Grove. Three families related to Ziba and Aziz have had their papers submitted and are hopeful that they will make the journey to Canada within a year. Sponsoring a family for twelve months means providing housing, food and all the other essentials for life and it is an expensive job.

The Oakville community has been generous, especially when Afghanistan was in the news every day. The news cycle has moved on but the need remains. We do not yet have the funds to support every family. The clothing, furniture and other requirements can be met by community agencies, but we still need financial help.

Please go to the Maple Grove United Church website, click on ‘donate to Maple Grove United Church and our various programs through Canada Helps’ and then choose “Afghan Refugees”.  All donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt. 

Sandra Onufryk