Apropos of my last blog posting, you might have seen items in the news recently about how private sponsorship groups like ours are waiting much longer than we expected to be matched with refugee cases (Toronto Star, Globe and Mail). While we continue to wait to see whether we’ll be matched with a Syrian family, we’re pleased to announce that we have been offered, and have accepted a refugee case involving a 20-year old man from Iraq, who has been designated by the UNHCR as “at-risk”, and in urgent need of resettlement.
When AURA offered us this case last week, they alluded to the slow-down in the flow of Syrian refugees, suggesting that it might be many months before we were matched with a family. We found out about this possibility on a Friday, and we had to let AURA know by Monday whether we’d proceed. After a flurry of emails back and forth between our team members, the feeling was unanimous that we should accept this case. The need was great for this individual; we have the funds to support him (and the government contributes a portion of the funding required); and it could be many months before a family of the type that we’d requested is made available for sponsoring. We still intend to sponsor a larger family as soon as we can do so. But we feel that if we can help someone now, we should.
So, stay tuned — we’ll keep you updated as things develop!