Let’s ignore the politics of Syria and Iraq, and recognize that there are real human beings suffering miserably in extreme conditions at refugee camps because of wars they have nothing to do with. We can help them.
I am leading an initiative locally to organize groups to sponsor as many Syrian / Iraqi families as we can, with the initial goal of helping 5 families settled within 12 months. We’ll achieve this by organizing groups of 5 local Canadians (Milton area) to sponsor each family collectively. Government of Canada has a process to follow that I’ll lead for you, including walking you through the application package, requesting a refugee profile and finding them a place to live. Your role will be to fund your portion of the first year’s cost of settlement (your portion should be $5,500, less if we can find someone to host them in their home). I do not want refugees living in gymnasiums or church basements as after everything they’ve been through, bringing normalcy back into their lives is a major goal.
We have the opportunity to change lives of 5 or more families, I hope you will join me. If you are interested then please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot be a sponsor then perhaps you can make a donation, host a family, or find them a low-rent apartment. If you are a landlord then I really want to hear from you. Once they are here you will have a lot of other opportunities to assist with their settlement.
You do not beat ISIS or other terrorist groups by bombing cities, thus creating more victims. You beat them by giving their victims a chance to enjoy the freedom and compassion these terrorist groups are denying them. It’s time to show ISIS that our values and way of life is too resilient for them to damage, and that our kindness will continue no matter how brutal their tactics get.