The Kingston Rainbow Refugee Project is selling limited edition prints of this work of art to raise money for LGBTQ2 refugee sponsorship. Not only is it an amazing piece of art but it was created by “Larry” the Nigerian refugee they are sponsoring first. The prints are $225 (*framing not included). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to order one.
This sample print will also be on display at the Pride in Kingston Community Fair in McBurney Park on June 17th. The original can be viewed at the HARS Queer Art Show during the month of June.
For more information on Larry’s sponsorship or to donate please go to Kingston Rainbow Refugee Project or to our Facebook page.
*Kingston Frameworks is offering a 10% discount on framing for anyone who buys one of these prints.
One of our community partners is “Open Voices Community Choir”. They continue to be huge supporters of our resettlement efforts. Their next concert is Saturday March 11, 2017. Get your tickets at Open Voices Tickets
We have just received notification from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that Abu Ziad’s* assessments have been completed, visas have been issued and travel arrangements are in the works.
He, his wife and 3 children will be joining his mother, father and brother in Kingston mid September! Thank you to everyone for your support and prayers.
*Head of ICRP’s family#1 and a pseudonym to provide for his safety
And now an update to the update:
The entire family is now in Kingston, following intervention by personnel at Immigration Canada and the office of our MP, Mark Garretsen. Tarek Hamdan, his wife Nesrin and their three children, Joulya , Zeyad and Yara arrived on 20 September and are now adjusting well to their first Canadian winter.
The children are enjoying their Canadian schooling and the parents are working on improving their English skills (though Tarek speaks very good English and Nesrin improves noticeably with each passing day).
Needless to say, Wadi, Harbeih, and Louai (who have been in Kingston since February, 2016) are delighted to have their family with them once again.
With summer upon us and so much happening we have neglected to keep you, our generous supporters updated. So here is a much overdue update:
Family #1: While we still await news of when Abu Ziad, his wife and three children can join us in Canada, his parents and younger brother are settling in well. Since February they have all been immersed at improving their already excellent English skills. They have developed many friendships and are eager to be invited to events and excursions in and about Kingston.
Family#2: Mohammad, Reham, and their 5 children (ages 1-12) arrived in Kingston on June 14 and with the help of one of our family contact teams headed by Ray and Ellen Peters are settling into their new home in the Strathcona Park area of Kingston. All 5 children have enrolled in soccer.
Family #3: Just a few days ago our third family, Haitham and Noor with their 4 children (ages 2-8) arrived in Kingston and are settling in with the help of the Islamic Society of Kingston.
Sponsorship #4: The paperwork has been filed with Citizenship and Immigration and we have begun fundraising in partnership with Reel Out Arts Project and HARS Kingston. The Fundraising Project is called the “Kingston Rainbow Refugee Project”. Please click on the link, give generously, and share on social media.
Sponsorship #5: In our last update in April we revealed we were in discussions regarding a 5th family, and yes an application was filed with Citizenship and Immigration for another Syrian family, a husband, wife and their 4 children. They are currently living in the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan. This sponsorship is also a partnership with the Islamic Society of Kingston
Highlights from “Open Voices and Inshallah Sing for Kingston’s New Syrians” concert that was held on April 2, 2016 and raised over $10,000.00 for refugee sponsorships.