I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Parishes who participated and contributed funds to sponsor the Shamaya family from Iraq and to those who were unable to do so at the time. I also would like to update you how the refugee sponsorship is progressing within the different Parishes.
I have met the social justice group from St, Gerard in Yorkton early this year and the group has sponsored a family of from Eritrea. I have also met the social committee of St. Martin here in Regina. They are interested in sponsoring a refugee family however, they are at the beginning stage of raising funds for that purpose.
I have been in communication with the head of the social justice Chris Gillen from Resurrection Parish here in Regina. They are ready to sponsor an Iraqi or a Syrian refugee family. They want To speak to a group from any Parish who has done full sponsorship. I have recommended Agnes from Holy Child Parish in Regina. Holy Child Parish is also about to do for a single refugee from Congo except they are waiting for the paper work.
There are other Parishes who are interested from Esterhazy, Weyburn, and Assiniboia. At this point we have completed 8 family connected sponsorships as we allotted only 10 for 2015. The two are for Kenya visa office and are already spoken for.
I hope this report could be of some help to those who are interested in sponsorship.
Thank you Abdul Ali, Refugee field worker Archdiocese of Regina