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Wish they were here for the holidays. Help us reunite refugee and immigrant families.
This holiday season, many refugee and immigrant families, including children and parents, will remain separated due to delays in processing and immigration policies that favour economic priorities over bringing families together. The CCR is pushing for a change in these priorities and when possible intervenes on behalf of families to speed up processing.
The CCR is also active on many other issues affecting refugees and immigrants, including protecting the rights of migrant workers, trafficked persons, and people in immigration detention, giving voice to newcomer youth experiences, speaking out against discriminatory immigration policies, and more.
Donate to the CCR this holiday, to help us reunite refugee and immigrant families and keep Canada a welcoming place for all refugees and newcomers.
A family helped by the CCR
“Thank you to the donors and all those who contributed to the arrival of my 2 brothers and me. And I want also for the government to make an effort so that children like us who wish to come here don’t have to suffer as we suffered.”
Sabrina, like too many children of refugees in Canada, suffered completely unnecessary years of separation because of the long delays at the Nairobi visa office, a problem highlighted by a recent report of the Canadian Council for Refugees, prepared with the generous support of CCR donors.
Sabrina was 10 years old when her mother had to leave Congo for Canada. With her two brothers, she stayed with her mother’s friend. She was sick, didn’t have enough to eat, and was going through insecurity and a lack of affection.
For Sabrina and her mother, Julie, a refugee in Canada, the long wait was particularly painful because Sabrina has been suffering from an undiagnosed medical problem, perhaps related to asthma. Of course she wanted desperately to be with her daughter, look after her, and she knew that her daughter needed her.
After a Montreal newspaper, La Presse, wrote about the CCR report on Nairobi, Julie contacted the journalist who published an article about Sabrina. Thanks perhaps to that exposure in the media, and to interventions from the CCR, the case started moving along more quickly. The Nairobi visa office asked Julie for documents she had already sent months ago: she rushed to send them off on Christmas Eve, when most people in Montreal were looking forward to a happy family reunion.
Finally Sabrina and her brothers arrived in Canada, and they are now enjoying the warm care of their mother.
Ways to donate
By clicking the "donate now" button above. It is quick, convenient and secure. For more information about donating through CanadaHelps, please see their Frequently Asked Questions.
Donate by mail or telephone
Make a charitable donation to the CCR by mail or telephone. Send a cheque to 6839 Drolet #302, Montreal, QC, H2S 2T1 or call 514-277-7223 to make a donation by Visa or Mastercard. You will receive a receipt for income tax purposes for all donations over $20, or on request.
Become a Friend of the CCR - a monthly donor
The monthly donor program is an easy and effective method of sustaining the important advocacy and educational work of the CCR in the long-term, and you will receive a receipt for income tax purposes. Learn more here.
Make a donation in honour of someone
Do you have an old car that needs to be recycled? You can 100% of the proceeds to the CCR through CharityCar.ca.