DATE: SEPTEMBER 29, at 6:30 pm
PURPOSE: HELPING TO BRING REFUGEE FAMILIES TOGETHER
TICKET PRICE: $25
Mother Teresa said “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” Emmanuel Church’s Refugee Care Collective is working to heal the hurt for one Syrian family, currently living in Jordan. Najah is a young widow with six children. They plan to reunite Najah and her children with Najah’s sister and her family, brought to West Kelowna with the first group of refugees brought in under the Liberal government’s initiative over one and a half years ago.
“It is the responsibility of the private sponsor to raise enough funds to support the family for one full year upon their arrival in Canada,” said Janice Dewald, the group’s leader. “Given the cost of living in the Okanagan, we expect that will take about $50,000.” The Emmanuel Refugee Care Collective has raised about 65% of that, so it still has work to do. The Canadian government has approved the family for resettlement, and hopefully they will arrive in West Kelowna later this year.
“We want to invite the community out to a fund-raising event, what we are calling ‘A Taste of Syria’, on Friday, September 29, at 6:30 pm at Emmanuel Church, 2600 Hebert Road, West Kelowna,” added Janice. “The evening will feature samples of Syrian food, information on Syrian culture, and speakers. Our main speaker is Margriet Ruurs, well-known childrens’author of ‘Stepping Stones – A Refugee Family’s Journey.’ We will also be hearing from the only Syrian family settled in West Kelowna so far – Najah’s family – and the experience of their adjustment to independence over the past eighteen months.”
You can purchase tickets here. Or call the church office at 250.768.763. There will be a silent auction at the event as well.
You can find out more about Emmanuel’s Refugee Care Collective here.