The Abukars are settling in well. The children are enjoying school. The parents are involved in academic upgrading of their own, as well as being busy with the children and doing all the administrative work necessary for those who are new to Canada. Those who have been working closely with them over the last couple of months have been delighted to get to know them better. They have stories, skills, values and interests that are a wonderful addition to our community. We feel so fortunate that we were matched with this particular family!
The Refugee Coalition sponsorship group has completed the preparation stage and and the first stage of sponsorship (supporting the family’s arrival). Now the next stage, which is about the family building their life in Canada and taking fuller agency in decision-making and planning for the future, is in full swing.
The Abukars are no longer refugees; they are members of our community. And thus it is time to put this website to rest, to allow them to build their own lives with no more scrutiny than any other family. They will continue to enjoy the support of the sponsorship group through their first year in Canada and the welcome of a generous and open-minded community. The SVRC increasingly has its eyes on the horizon, on Month 13, when the formal sponsorship will end, to ensure that the family will have the skills, resources and confidence to move forward without formal sponsorship support.
In the meantime the Coalition is extremely grateful to members of the community and to supporters from afar for everything they have contributed to this immigration project. We encourage you all to take whatever natural opportunities arise to befriend the Abukars and help them feel like they are valued members of the community.