Our eyes were opened by a photograph that few could look away from.
They opened to see an escalating crisis, where almost 12 million people have been uprooted from their homes in Syria, 4 million now in other countries looking for a safe place to live, work, and raise their children.
We are a group of concerned Canadians sponsoring a Syrian refugee family's resettlement in Canada. We want to extend the security and comfort we enjoy daily here in Toronto to those who, for five years and longer, have suffered war, desperation, and oppression.
As a sponsoring group we are responsible for providing for the family's needs for their first year here, after which they will have the tools and resources necessary to be self-sustainable. These needs include rent for a suitable apartment, food, clothing, transportation, and medical bills. We will also assist them directly with enrolling the children in school, seeking medical care, learning English, finding work, and adjusting to life in Canada.
You can help by donating towards the costs of living for this crucial first year. Lifeline Syria estimates a family of four will need $27,000 for one year to cover all costs. With your help, we've surpassed this initial goal. The extra funds will allow us to possibly sponsor a larger family, a family with higher needs, or to help the family pay back the costs of their initial travel to Canada.
We have now been matched with a refugee family currently awaiting a permanent home. They are a family of five including three young boys. When they arrive in Canada, we will meet them at the airport and for the next year we are their guides to Toronto and life in Canada.
More details on the sponsorship process are available from Lifeline Syria
.How can I help?
Support us in raising enough money to sponsor a Syrian family's immigration to Canada.
To donate by credit or debit card, you can give directly on this page using the "DONATE NOW" button above. (Note that the donation to YouCaring.com, the free site hosting this page, is optional.)
E-transfers can be sent to [email protected]
; if you would prefer to donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to "Downtown Relief Line" and hit the "Contact Organizer" button below to get a mailing address. You can also donate at any BMO branch in Canada using account number 8917-440 and branch number 0389.
Who we are
If you have items you can donate in-kind for the family, please hit the "Contact Organizer" button below and we'll arrange collection.
Collectively we have signed up to be responsible for the family's needs for one year, including 24/7 support. We're calling ourselves the "Downtown Relief Line", but we are: