The Inter-Church Refugee Partnership is a coalition of Kingston churches formed to support, resettle, and advocate for refugees. The Inter-Church Refugee Partnership has begun by sponsoring four Syrian families and an LGBT individual from Nigeria. Four families (27 individuals) are now in Kingston, making new lives for themselves with the help of dozens of volunteers. Two of the families have been jointly sponsored with the Islamic Centre of Kingston, and the gay Nigerian refugee (still to arrive) with HARS – HIV/AIDS Regional Services Kingston and Reelout Arts Project.
We are beginning the process of further sponsorship. We will endeavour to post updates as these unfold.
Out of millions of refugees worldwide, over 7.5 million are Syrians trapped internally in their war-torn country, and over 3.5 million are Syrians who have swamped refugee camps and regular towns in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.
As of December 4. 2016 Canada has brought in 36, 393 Syrian refugees of which 13, 372 (about 1/3) are sponsored entirely by private groups. 3,725 are co-sponsored as part of the government’s BVOR program and 19, 296 (a little over 1/2) are sponsored by the government alone.
And of course the world refugee crisis is not limited to Syria. At the end of 2015 the UN Refugee Agency reported that there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide in addition to 38.2 million internally displaced persons. Please help us to make a difference in at least some of those lives.