Canadians welcome Afghan refugees through community support

OTTAWA, HON, April 29, 2022 / CNW Telbec / – The Canadian government is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan citizens as quickly and safely as possible. Canada it has now hosted a total of 12,160 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.

During National Volunteer Week, we recognize the profound impact Canadians’ volunteer efforts have on newcomers and their well-being. This year’s theme is “Volunteering is Empathy in Action” and every day countless individuals and companies show empathy by welcoming refugees into their communities. Through small and large donations, they have helped Afghan refugees feel at home:

  • Qumers Wejdan, an Afghan lawyer from Torontoin Ontario, organized a resettlement campaign for Afghan refugees, in collaboration with Children Without Borders and the Canadian-Afghan Lawyers Association. The fundraiser surpassed its initial goal of 25 $ 000 and raised over $ 40,000. The funds helped pay for airfare, medicine, food and basic supplies.
  • GOAT, a hairdresser from Calgaryin alberta, offered free salon experiences to Afghan refugees. Salon staff coordinated volunteer stylists and barbershops to provide the haircuts. Although the stylists were ready to go to the resettlement centers, the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) coordinated transportation for the Afghan newcomers to offer them a complete salon experience. In total, GOAT has given away more than 80 haircuts, worth around $ 4,000.
  • Canadian Tire Corporation has supported Afghan refugees arriving in Canada through its group of companies. Through the Association for New Canadians, Mark’s has donated $ 17,000 in gift certificates to 110 Afghan refugees in Newfoundland andLabrador, adding a 25% discount on in-store purchases. Mark’s Commercial has helped one of the largest moving agencies in the Calgary to make batch purchases of winter clothing. The Company also donated more than $ 260,000 in essential goods to aid resettlement efforts across Canada. Canadian Tire Jumpstart charities donated sports equipment and toys for families with young children.
  • Books Beyond Borders, located at Calgary, donated books to Afghan children. The books have universal themes to help children cope with a variety of problems: how to cope with fear, overcome difficulties, build self-confidence, find peaceful solutions, and work towards their goals and dreams. To date, Books Over Borders has donated approximately 1,800 books to Afghan children in Canada and will donate 1,000 more in the future.
  • People Mustafa Popalzaiformer Afghan refugee and now a member of the police department of Torontowith the help of his partner, the agent Farzad Ghotbi, created the Hope Project. They asked for support from community partners such as polycultural immigration and community services and local donors to collect donations in kind for refugees. To date, they have received more than $ 300,000 worth of clothes, toys and household items and continue to deliver essential items such as beds, blankets and cooking utensils to newly settled Afghan refugees.

Canada has a long tradition of charity. Local and community donations help build social bonds and give a common goal.

Photos of previous arrivals of Afghan refugees are available on Dropbox for media. You can also follow Canada’s progress in welcoming Afghan refugees to Canada.

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“Like any newcomer, Afghan refugees need support to resettle in their new communities. It is touching to see people and companies play a vital role in their integration by donating their time, talent and funds, and I commend communities across Canada for participating in every possible way. The important contribution of volunteers to our country is stimulating. “

– The Honorable Sean FraserMinister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

The facts in brief

  • The Association for New Canadians is a community-based non-profit organization that provides resettlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees through eight locations in Newfoundland andLabrador.
  • Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services is a resettlement assistance program service provider serving communities in more than 40 languages ​​through its five locations in the metropolitan area of Toronto and Peel. Coordinated port-of-entry services for incoming Afghans Toronto before reaching their final destinations.
  • CCIS has a list of nearly 7,000 volunteers who have offered to help Afghan refugees settle in their new communities.
  • Nearly 300 privately sponsored Afghan refugees arrived this week Toronto.

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For further information: Media only contacts, Aidan Strickland, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, [email protected]; Media Relations, Communications Sector, Immigration, Refugee and Canadian Citizenship, 613-952-1650, [email protected]

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